Laura Veirs has just released The Lookout, her tenth solo full-length album, on April 13th via Raven Marching Band Records. Leading into its release, the album is now available to stream via NPR Music’s “First Listen.”
A prolific songwriter for over twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on The Lookout. Here is a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things.
Written and produced on the heels of Veirs’ acclaimed album with Neko Case and kd Lang case/lang/veirs, The Lookout is a soundtrack for turbulent times, full of allusions to protectors: the camper stoking a watch fire, a mother tending her children, a sailor in a crow’s nest and a lightning rod channeling energy.
“Laura Veirs, a still too little-known songwriter based in Portland, Ore., previews her 10th album, The Lookout, with “Everybody Needs You.” It’s a tense, friendly tune thoroughly interwoven with nervous undercurrent: her quick acoustic guitar-picking, a rock band, a chamber orchestra full of woodwind pulsations and string-section countermelodies. Her voice sounds shy, but the ambitions are huge.” –New York Times
“bright and expansive…echoes, purrs and flutters invitingly.” –NPR Music
“…a work of striking maturity, full of nuance, intelligence and many welcome, unexpected turns.” –Uncut
Photo credit: Jason Quigley
Listen to ‘Lightening Rod’ here: