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And, seeing as how she has a new record coming April 10th on the always fantastic Nonesuch label, I thought a post was in order.
I’d heard about Ms. Veirs’ work for some time, as she’s garnered a lot of press. However, I never gave the music its proper due until recently, and I’m glad to report the press attention is merited.
As is so often the case with me, it was the music that pulled me in, and now I’m digging the lyrics too.
Said music is wonderfully produced, and often begins with a Mississippi John Hurt-esque finger picked figure, which is soon built upon with other sonic elements…my favorite being the oft-employed Wurlitzer.
You hear subtle elements that you didn’t realize were there, both musically and lyrically, with each listen.
She reminds me a bit of some other songwriters who sort of pull at the singer-songwriter aesthetic and bend it into new places. The obvious comparison would be Sufjan Stevens (who I believe Ms. Viers has toured with), but her music also makes me think of Mascott and Mary Timony.
Check out Laura Veirs’ Galaxies
laura viers galaxies