12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her first solo release since her supergroup outing with k.d. lang and Neko Case, Laura Veirs strips things down to the bare essentials, framing her evocative lyrics in as sparse a production as possible. Aside from the psychedelic guitar fest that breaks out halfway through "The Canyon," The Lookout alternates between gentle, breezy folk-rock cuts, like "Seven Falls," and spartan ballads, like the piano-based "The Meadow." Veirs' cover of the Grateful Dead's dreamy folk-psych nugget "Mountains of the Moon" fits right in.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her first solo release since her supergroup outing with k.d. lang and Neko Case, Laura Veirs strips things down to the bare essentials, framing her evocative lyrics in as sparse a production as possible. Aside from the psychedelic guitar fest that breaks out halfway through "The Canyon," The Lookout alternates between gentle, breezy folk-rock cuts, like "Seven Falls," and spartan ballads, like the piano-based "The Meadow." Veirs' cover of the Grateful Dead's dreamy folk-psych nugget "Mountains of the Moon" fits right in.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
sirNader

Welcome back

What an incredible record! Laura just gets better and better. Her vocals are amazing-I have all her records and she sings in ways I haven’t heard before. The music is so beautiful as always too. Bravo I’m blown away!

Ice Nine

Lookout!

I enjoyed this music. Gr8 voice and the fuzzy sound takes me back to the days of turntables and soft Summer days. Something to look forward to. Don't know much about this artist yet, but I tip my hat.

Jake6762

Nice

Good song writing

About Laura Veirs

Colorado-born singer/songwriter Laura Veirs has forged a career singing 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. Veirs made her debut in 1999, releasing a self-titled CD, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar. Heading to a proper studio for her next release, The Triumphs & Travails of Orphan Mae, it too was self-released (though it eventually saw greater distribution after British label Bella Union reissued 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 Carbon Glacier, followed by Year of Meteors in August of 2005 and Saltbreakers in 2007.

Veirs returned to her folk-leaning roots with 2010's July Flame and switched gears again the following year with Tumble Bee, drawing on the American songbook to create her first-ever children's record. In the summer of 2013, she released Warp & Weft, a collection of primarily original material produced by her husband, Tucker Martine. In 2015, Veirs contributed vocals to acclaimed albums by Sufjan Stevens (Carrie and Lowell) and the Decemberists (What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World). In 2016, Veirs collaborated with celebrated vocalists and songwriters Neko Case and k.d. lang for the critically lauded trio album case/lang/veirs. Following up in early 2018, Veirs issued her tenth solo outing, The Lookout, a thematic collection based on the fragility of precious things. Once again produced by Martine, the album featured guest vocals from Sufjan Stevens and Jim James. ~ Richie Unterberger

HOMETOWN
Colorado Springs, CO
BORN
October 24, 1973

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