Laura Veirs will release The Lookout, her tenth solo full-length album, on April 13th via Raven Marching Band Records. In conjunction with today’s album announcement, Veirs is announcing a North American tour and sharing the official video for lead single, “Everybody Needs You,” described by NPR Music as “a bright and expansive arrangement that echoes, purrs and flutters invitingly.” 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. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, Veirs’ longtime collaborator, 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. “The Lookout is about the need to pay attention to the fleeting beauty of life and to not be complacent; it’s about the importance of looking out for each other,” says Veirs. “I’m addressing what’s happening around me with the chaos of post-election America, the racial divides in our country, and a personal reckoning with the realities of midlife: I have friends who’ve died; I struggle with how to balance life as an artist with parenting young children.” Written and produced on the heels of Veirs’ acclaimed album with Neko Case and kd Lang case/lang/veirs, The Lookout integrates the fluency of collaboration with Veirs’ notorious work ethic. The twelve songs on the album are the result of a years’ worth of daily writing in her attic studio in Portland, Oregon. The Lookout draws on the talents of a time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine. Sufjan Stevens and Jim James provide guest vocals.
Wednesday 6th February 2019