Three years after The Devil I Once Knew, her Kimchee Records debut, Boston indie-rocker Heidi Saperstein brings ten new and relentlessly melodic songs to the table on Zara, making the most accessible music of her career. Lyrically dark and emotionally compelling, Zara utilizes lush production techniques and an expansive array of instruments (multi-guitars, piano, organ, trumpet, cello, percussion, etc.) to illuminate the intricate arrangements of what are nonetheless very catchy tracks. Heidi's vocals are multi-tracked and center-stage. Their effect has been favorably compared to that of PJ Harvey and Kristen Hersh, and here even a hint of Kate Bush-like vocalese is suggested in a song like "I (Heart) You." But Heidi's voice, mature and self-possessed, is most assuredly a distinctive one. On Zara she displays a songwriting gift to match it that bears sturdy fruit on every one of its memorable songs.