Laura VeirsBella Union
Released: 13th April 2018
A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, ‘The Lookout’, released via Bella Union. A batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs, ‘The Lookout’ draws on the talents of a
time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine Tucker, with Sufjan Stevens and Jim James providing guest vocals.
Veirs’ 2016 Case and lang collaboration was the first we’d heard explicitly of her after an uncharacteristically long break following her last solo venture, 2013’s Warp and Weft. Stacked alongside such notoriously distinctive voices, Veirs would seem to play the unassuming straight role, yet she proved arguably the deftest, skipping through torch songs, wooly psych-folk, and folk ballads.
The Lookout, Veirs’ latest solo outing features those same touchstones, though often pared back to their essentials. Several of The Lookout’s tracks feature no percussion, throwing the atmospheric and baroque accents appearing here that are typically Veirs hallmarks, such as “Heavy Petals” woodwinds and the Eastern strings of “When It Grows Darkest,” into deeper relief.
Gold vinyl with download code.