Vashti Bunyan is a British singer/songwriter of whom many people are tragically unaware. Inspired by Bob Dylan on a visit to the USA in the 60’s, Bunyan decided to become a folk singer. She released only one LP and a handful of singles that failed to make much of an impact in the popular music world of the time. Discouraged and frustrated, Bunyan left the music industry and focused on raising her children and tending a slew of animals for the next thirty years. In the meantime, and completely unbeknownst to Bunyan, copies of her original album became highly sought after collector’s items, and she influenced many young folk singers of the current generation such as Devendra Banhart.
In 2000, her 1970 debut LP Just Another Diamond Day was re-released, and she slowly moved back into the folk spotlight, guesting on albums by Animal Collective and Devendra Banhart, among others. 35 years after releasing her first record, she released her second album, Lookaftering, which was well received by critics and given an 8.5 out of 10 rating by Pitchfork. Bunyan’s vocals still remain pristine, haunting, and beautiful. Her music began appearing in television commercials, most notably her gorgeous, reverb-drenched 1966 single “Train Song”, featured in a memorable Reebok commercial. I leave you with this song and the hope that you will seek out some of her other music if you were not aware of her already.