“Losing, loving, lamenting and longing are all around us right now”, says Denver-based artist Heatherlyn. “We’re all in the dance of the deep, and no matter how fragile things seem, the waves of grace and the pull of the tides call us to love more when the waves are highest.”
Returning with this new EP from the NINE BEATS Collective stable, Heatherlyn’s ‘Dance of the Deep’ EP is a haunting collection of songs to provide soul medicine for these heavy times. Equally at home with self-penned or collaborative songs, this EP is a further collaboration with NINE BEATS Collective founder and lyricist Steve Bassett from the UK. Writing and performing together on the NINE BEATS Collective studio album and subsequent tours in USA and UK, they’ve since continued writing - these songs being recorded in Denver and San Diego just before lockdown and were produced and arranged by Heatherlyn’s musical ‘bestie’ and collaborator (and now fellow NINE BEATS Collective alumni) Ben Grace, fresh from his own sensational debut full length album release.
‘Dance of the Deep’ is released as a NINE BEATS Collective collaboration to highlight how the Collective - in addition to its core album and project - spins off to an increasingly wide mesh of collabs. It showcases Heatherlyn’s captivating vocals and gift for melody: from the haunting Celtic-vibed lament ‘When Dies the Day”, to the ethereal ambience of ‘Grace, O Grace’, the whimsical playfulness of ‘Paper Boat’ and the uplifting gospel spirit of ‘River’, Heatherlyn delivers the songs with a warmth that will wrap around your heart and gently lift your eyes towards hope.
Heatherlyn has honed the soulful, lyrical, rock and roots vibe that infuse her music through a series of albums, EPs (including 2019’s excellent ‘Being Breathed’) and writing collaborations. Throughout the lockdown and the ensuing, ongoing re-set of the world, Heatherlyn has been busy online with live weekly concerts via her Heatherlynmusic Facebook page, her ‘Storydwelling’ talk-show, as well as guesting on other podcasts, events and online gatherings - sharing her passion that love is a powerful force of hope and healing, and that music is a uniquely powerful expression of love.
“Heatherlyn is a rare artist who can make the listener feel like the song is sung purely and only to them, so that it reaches deep into the heart”, explains Steve; “So, our collaborations here are about creating small moments of beauty and hope, to speak stillness and love amidst the chaos. It’s what NINE BEATS Collective can do - create collaborations of so many different styles and tastes. We’ll do more!”
Heatherlyn, Ben Grace and Steve Bassett are all part of NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE - an international collective of musicians, troubadours, poets, writers, rebels, provocateurs, and activists exploring the ancient Bible wisdom known as “the beatitudes”. Heatherlyn co-wrote and performs on 5 songs on the critically acclaimed Plankton Records released double album ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ - itself available on all digital platforms, CD & Double Vinyl.