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Editors’ Notes

Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs flirted with the mainstream with a major-label record contract, but in 2010, she’s back in the independent world, scaling back on her arrangements and allowing her folk roots to show through. Out of financial necessity she had to let her backing band go, but this new loneness is not so bad. “I Can See Your Tracks” begins spookily enough, Veirs’ voice peeking out from behind the echo, provided by her boyfriend and producer-extraordinaire Tucker Martine. They’ve been working together for years and they create a romantic weave that’s alluded to throughout the lyrics in tunes obvious (“When You Give Your Heart”) and obscure (“Little Deschutes”). Veirs spends most of her time strumming with Martine’s sensitive arrangements of sparse, carefully chosen strings and light percussion occasionally being overruled by a need to rock out in full force (“Summer Is the Champion”) or at least with a pulsing groove (“July Flame”). The choir arrangement on the tribute to legendary session bassist “Carol Kaye” is especially noteworthy.

Customer Reviews

Portland Star!

Wow! Leave it to Laura Veirs to create another great album! Those of us in Portland, Oregon are lucky that we can call this Colorado native a Portlander now. She is an amazing musician, artist and poet. Her music is phenomenal and so is her presentation. Give this great new album a listen and take a break from the mainstream artists to hear a truly distinct voice and some great songs! Great music!

Simplicity fits you perfectly, Ms. Veirs.

I was lucky enough to hear Laura Veirs when she opened for the Decemberists a few months back. I bought this album immediately after the show. Her simple melodies are sweet and soft and the backing vocals turn her turn her plain but sincere voice into something rare and beautiful. Songs like July Flame, Wide-Eyed, Legless and Sleeper in the Valley will haunt you, while Carole Kay, I Can See Your Tracks, and When You Give Your Heart will fill you with the same hope you may find in a song by the likes of The Weepies or Alexi Murdoch.

I recommend you buy this, put it in your car, and drive down a very windy road. Or put it on your iPod on a rainy day. But mostly I just recommend you buy it. Its truly beautiful in its simplicity. Keep it up, Laura.

Everything comes together here

I've been following her music since 2002 and thought from the beginning that she is a truly unique voice in the Northwest music scene. While I've always been a fan of her songwriting, something about her vocals seemed cloying and fatiguing after a while. Whatever this quality is/was, it is absent from this record - vocals have mellowed and her songwriting continues to evolve with lots of interesting time signature changes, beautiful guitar work and melodies. This is her best record yet.


Born: 1973 in Colorado

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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, 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...
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