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While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet

by Heather Styka

Sometimes bittersweet, sometimes playful, and always honest, award-winning songwriter/poet Heather Styka's newest release tells stories of love and evolution amidst the changing of the seasons and the passage of time.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Long Spring
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2. Careful With My Heart
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3. Emily
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4. Caspian Sea
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5. Like It's 1945
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6. Birch Log
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7. Limbs
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8. Diversey Harbor
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9. Love in the Multiverse
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10. Brooklyn
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11. With the Moon
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12. These Northern Skies
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Album Notes
“fine and direct storytelling... artistic mastery”
-Butch Kara, KZGM-FM

“these songs hit that place in your chest where emotions reside... stunning”
-Tim Carroll, FolkWords

“With an acoustic guitar and a sweet, Midwestern croon... Heather Styka sings her heart out”
-Kelley Simms, Illinois Entertainer

When Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter Heather Styka’s previous album Lifeboats for Atlantis hit #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts, it received critical acclaim and launched her into life as a musical vagabond, performing and touring full-time. Three years later, Styka released her much-awaited new record While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet. Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but the vivid images of her lyrics render her songs as as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable.

Styka originally hails from Chicago, where she started writing and performing at fourteen. She spent the subsequent decade performing throughout the Chicago area, and after obtaining a degree in creative writing, began touring the Midwest and Northeast. In the spring of 2013, Styka uprooted and moved to Portland, Maine, where she quickly became part of New England’s folk and Americana scene. “I’d been yearning for open space,” says Styka of her move. “And in Maine I found it, while staying connected to a community that inspires me.” The songs of Heather Styka’s upcoming record, While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet, reflect the surroundings of her new home state, conjuring images of fields, forests, and ocean, amidst the changing of the seasons and the passage of time.

Styka’s songs have won songwriting contests such as the Great Lakes and Big Top Chautauqua songwriting contests, placed her among finalists at Texa’s respected Wildflower! Festival songwriting contest, and earned her juried showcases at Folk Alliance International (FAI) and Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM). Styka has also been a featured guest on WFMT's "Sweet Folk Chicago" and on Tom May's nationally syndicated "River City Folk.” With training both as a poet and an actor, Styka is equal parts wordsmith and performer. Her smooth, natural vocal command “combines the influences of a fragile Irish air, the warm effervescence of upbeat Americana, soulful country, and mournful blues” (FolkWords).

While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet was recorded in Saranac Lake, NY, and Styka herself has printed the CD jackets in Maine on a foot-powered 1901 letterpress. “It’s been a different experience from the typical model of making an album,” says Styka. “I’m a perfectionist — I wanted to incorporate the DIY aesthetic I find so appealing, but I also wanted to release another professional full-length album. I think we managed to pull from the best of both worlds.”



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