Timeless is the word that best describes the 11 songs on Heartwood
, which was produced by the Juno-nominated Douglas Romanow. With its uniquely ancient-to-modern sound, Sora’s music weaves together contemporary rock with the mystical moods of Celtic folk, medieval madrigals, and other modes of early music. The result is a heady, colorfully evocative tapestry that conjures the imagery of long ago but feels just as current as anything from the present musical landscape—all the while sounding like little else on today’s airwaves. Across the album’s moody and atmospheric tracks Sora’s heartrending soprano glides like a graceful dove through swirling mists of violin, piano, harp, synthesizer, cello, guitar, percussion, and other instruments to deliver sweeping performances.
Although Sora’s songs pay homage to a vast heritage of Celtic performers, and the clarity of her voice is reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt, she is unmistakably defined by her own vision.
“…As soon as you begin listening to this album, its beauty and expressiveness will capture your heart and spirit.” -John Iverson, Stylus Magazine June/July 2009
“…Sora is clearly influenced by her surroundings, and the sights and sounds of the natural world shine through in her carefully-produced sensual music. In an increasingly hurried age, it’s a wonderful gift to have artists like Sora who are devoted to creating such soothing, well-crafted music.” -Mark Weber, Red Deer Express June 3, 2009
“Sora’s third release is a remarkable accomplishment because she manages to construct sweet, soft, yet daring arrangements based on Celtic, classical and folk music without sounding over dramatic.” -Jason Gladu, Popjournalism May 29, 2009