Veda Hille ‎– Spine

The Bottom Line Record Company ‎– 63440-47303-2
CD, Album, Reissue

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 34404 73032 6

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
T&M 010 Veda Hille Spine(CD, Album) Tradition & Moderne T&M 010 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
VEL47303-2 Veda Hille Spine(CD, Album) The Bottom Line Record Company, L.L.C., Shock (2) VEL47303-2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
VH 113-2 Veda Hille Spine(CD, Album) Not On Label (Veda Hille Self-released) VH 113-2 Canada 1996 Sell This Version


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June 24, 2017
I heard this song ("Shamus & Stone") on the car radio - about two characters straight out of Beckett, dark, processional piano chords, lots of empty space. And then this voice: trembling, speaking, almost singing, the occasional word elongated, becoming a note - that moment when speech gives way to song. I reached my destination but the song wasn't over and it had me. I had to sit in the car to hear how it ended (in a whisper), and find out who it was.

It's hard to get across how unusual this is: poetic, raw, abstract, intense, feverish, literate art rock. She's not afraid to use words like "fealty" and "arable", or instruments like tenor guitar, bowed saw, bullroarer, and yakbak, or tricky time signatures. Some of it rocks and there are some lovely ballads. She's been likened to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, but you aren't likely to hear this on commercial radio. I'd say she has more in common with Mary Margaret O'Hara and Robin Holcomb. There is nothing fashionable or trendy about this, and that's fine - music this difficult to categorize usually ends up staying with me.