Heidi Spencer makes a case for quiet persuasion — years spent in Milwaukee, writing songs, studying film and growing admirers, all without flash or force, has done her worlds of good. Spencer’s voice was recently recognized and rejoiced by venerable label Bella Union (Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Midlake) and Spencer’s latest, Under Streetlight Glow is her first release with the label that has already released the album in the U.K., with the official Milwaukee release set for tomorrow at Linneman’s.
Under Streetlight Glow is quicly gaining ground from its classic sensibilities which tell worlds in intimate lyrical confines. Spencer is clearly influenced by her background in film, using poignantly visual lyrics to wrap the listener up in a haze of familiar beauty. On the title track (listen, below), Spencer croons of “dream-drunk men with fancy pens.” Prettily hushed, sparsely outfitted with instruments (mostly acoustic guitar and piano) and focused on Spencer’s traveled vocals, the album is an apt platform for those vocals — quaveringly pretty, yet tough as nails, called out by critics to be reminiscent of Dolly Parton, Joanna Newsom and even Fiona Apple.
Spencer enlisted the help of her ‘Rare Birds’ : Bill Curtis, Jesse Hrobar, Dave Gelting, Renee Hendrix and Matt Hendricks, as well as several special guests, including Caroline Kastelic, Katie Katchever, Marie Kuzniar, Tony Langeweg and Chris Vos to bring the stories on Under Streetlight Glow to life.
Watch the Riverwest-filmed video for “Alibi”, above and listen to “Under Streetlight Glow”, below. Spencer plays with her Rare Birds along with Jeremiah Nelson and 4th St. Elevator at Linnneman’s [1001 E. Locust] Saturday, April 2nd at 8 p.m., opened by a series of short silent films by local filmmakers. 21+
“Under Streetlight Glow”