The Still and the Steep

The Still and the Steep

Heath Cullen

The Still and the Steep (Five by Nine)

4.5 stars

This soulful release tells you, with Cullen digging deep into his soul, to kick back and feel. Recorded live in Los Angeles with a bucket list of legendary musicians including Marc Ribot, Larry Taylor and Jim Keltner, this is a thanksgiving for life's blessings. Rich in metaphor and narrative – as its own instrument, the vocal sometimes hangs over the music, at others slots deep in the spacious and detailed groove. Feels like the musings of a part dandy, love-lorn traveller taking a moment in the midst of some under-populated, rocky landscape to think – "what more does a man need?"