Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Laura Veirs

Seattle singer/songwriter Laura Veirs sings personal songs of romantic intoxication, everyday vignettes, and occasional social commentary that are often heavy on introspection and intense character scrutiny. Her vocals and melodies rapidly shift and veer, true to her name, up and down her wide vocal range. She put out her own self-titled CD, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. Though she went to the studio for her next album, The Triumphs & Travails of Orphan Mae, it too was self-released (though it saw greater distribution after British label Bella Union decided to reissue it in 2005). 2003 brought the release of Troubled by the Fire, a full-band effort that found the artist sharing the studio with such luminaries as Bill Frisell, Amy Denio, and Fred Chalenor. She signed to Nonesuch the following year and recorded the atmospheric follow-up Carbon Glacier. Year of Meteors followed in August of 2005.

On her third Nonesuch release, Saltbreakers, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs remains tantalized by the mysteries and marvels of the natural world, filling her work with images, both precise and poetic, of the ocean and the stars. But she digs even deeper this time into the vagaries of human nature, transforming the turbulence of her own life, as well as her concerns about the hair-trigger state of the world at large, into a collection of songs distinguished as much by their emotional urgency as by their often astonishing musical inventiveness. Recommended!

Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers
Laura Veirs - Pink Light
Laura Veirs - To The Country
Laura Veirs @ MySpace

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Living With The Living (2007) + Mo' Living [EP] (2007) !!!
Pelican - City Of Echoes (2007) !!!
Grinderman - Grinderman (feat Nick Cave) (2007) !!!
Tv On The Radio - Live At Amoeba Music [EP] (2007) !!!
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (2007) !!!
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (2007) !!!
Richard Swift - Dressed Up For The Letdown (2007) !!!
Bright Eyes - Four Winds [EP] (2007) !!!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder (2007) !!!
Slowdive - I Am The Elephant Soundtrack
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Decemberists - Albums
Teddy Bears, Beirut, Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Shiny Toy Guns, Midlake, M83, Spank Rock, etc.
Mobb Deep - Blood Money


Blogger JB said...

Saltbreakers is a great disc.
One of my favourites of the year, definitively.

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