Marisa Yeaman | Roadmap Heart

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Roadmap Heart

by Marisa Yeaman

With a solid reputation for creating beautiful acoustic roots based music with literary leanings, and abundant visual imagery. Marisa offers music carved straight from the heart
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 1000 Mile Stare
4:36 $1.69
2. Old Hotel Phone (Live)
3:32 $1.69
3. Desolate
3:56 $1.69
4. Bonneville
4:23 $1.69
5. Flying North
5:16 $1.69
6. Dirty Hands
4:58 $1.69
7. Time is cast
3:55 $1.69
8. Mercy Train
4:04 $1.69
9. Amsterdam Rain
4:43 $1.69
10. Love from Stone
4:14 $1.69
11. Leaves (Live)
3:20 $1.69
12. Silent Murder
4:16 $1.69
13. Wild Things
3:24 $1.69
14. Perfectly Flawed
5:31 $1.69
15. Mantra
3:17 $1.69
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“The songs themselves, like the novels of Tim Winton, seem to be hewn from a specific sense of place, one that is universal but nonetheless rooted” - AMERICANA – UK

‘Maverick UK’ ★ ★ ★ ★ 4 STARS
‘Heartfelt and honest roots-based and lyrically strong second album.....A record that grows and grows in stature with each hearing’.

‘’Her songs are beautiful and personal tales that reach right into the heart of the listener, like the Dylanesk ‘Amsterdam Rain’. She has a magnificent voice that reminds of Shawn Colvin and Eliza Gilkyson’ Heaven 100 - Netherlands

Songwriter Marisa Yeaman’s new album ‘Roadmap Heart’ permeates visual imagery and emotional substance drawn from the journeys taken deep within, and yet colored by the external influences of the vast Australian landscape, the cobbled streets of Europe and the roadsides of India. ‘Roadmap Heart’ puts the listener in the passenger seat on the roads traversed since the 2005 release of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Pure Motive’. Already a valid passport holder to Americana, Blues, Country and Folk, Marisa continues to blur the borders and forge new paths across the Roots music terrain.

While touring in support of her debut album, Marisa began recording demos of a extensive list of songs that became the threads of this, her second album. She set about playing all the instruments on her demos, to describe her visions in sound to the group of talented musicians who came together to record ‘Roadmap Heart’ - a journey that takes in three continents, and three years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Pure Motive’.

On this her second album, the darker lyrical content reflects a more mature edge, reflecting time, events, people, love, pain and rebirth. ‘Roadmap Heart’ is a timeless, self produced offering, poetic in content, and laden with understated but brilliant musicianship. A creative self-reliance, fostered from her childhood spent travelling the breadth of the Australian continent, gives rise to a distinct and individual sound, strong literary undertones, and an honesty that only comes from living your own story.

Yeaman created a groundswell of interest abroad with her debut release, especially amongst European audiences, charting on the Euro-Americana Chart and receiving airplay in over 19 countries.

For the recording of ‘Roadmap Heart’ Marisa was joined by friends and fellow artists, bringing together some of Australia’s richest Roots Music talent. Marisa, a credible guitarist in her own right, played a large part the guitars herself, which is reflective of her live presentation. The song ‘Old Hotel Phone’ was recorded ‘live’ in one take, featuring Marisa and regular sideman Tim Hackett on the Lap Steel.

The album highlights some very special moments from some great players including Australian legend Dave Steel, and the undeniably gifted Lloyd Spiegel. along with Pedal Steel virtuoso Garrett Costigan, Bluesman Ian Collard and the instinctually gifted Matthew Vehl who added some breathtaking piano work.

Marisa’s personal ties to India bring a special element to the track ‘Mantra’. Marisa invited female Sitar and Tabla guru Kanchan Verma to help set the scene for a song that blends the cultures beautifully.

‘Roadmap Heart’ contains 15 stunningly crafted songs to be enjoyed like a favorite book, chapter by chapter. Driven by her inner passion for her art, Marisa travels ever onwards as she continues to build a credible and poignant body of work as both a writer and a musician. One gets the sense that Yeaman is here for the long haul…..‘The window’s open in the warm breeze, she’s got a thousand mile stare’…..



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Tony Bates

"Roadmap Heart"
"Is she a roots, folk or country singer? Does it really matter as to me Marisa Yeaman is the epitome of a young but veteran singer/songwriter.
From Roadmap Heart's opening track through to the final track, Mantra ( an obvious anthem for Marisa's love of India) this album exudes confidence and incredible lyrics.
'Dirty hands' is a track that many people will be able to relate to and its topic is so well written one wonders how Marisa could turn this into a song, but she has.
'Amsterdam Rain' could only have been written by someone who has been there, but the strength of this song lies in Marisa's ability to transfer that City and its environment straight to the listener. Sheer brilliance.It is like standing in an art gallery and admiring the works of the old masters.
This album is an art in itself, full of wonderful works that can be viewed and interpreted in many different ways, thus making it a very personal one.
Marisa's live work (of which two tracks appear on this album) has to be seen to be believed. The skillful guitar playing, the resonance of her voice and her very presence have the ability to draw anyone in.
Roadmap Heart deserves to be on every playlist in this country or will we have to see Marisa gain her due recognition overseas and then and only then will we say 'she's one of us'.

Tony Bates
100.7 Highlands FM