Laura Veirs: “Watch Fire” (ft. Sufjan Stevens)

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Laura Veirs: “Watch Fire” (ft. Sufjan Stevens)

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

Photo by Jason Quigley

After nearly two decades of releases and unyieldingly inspiring songwriting, Laura Veirs prepares for the release of her 10th solo album, The Lookout, a fitting title for an album about protectors. Its themes and influences hit chords on every scope, concrete and abstract, personal and universal. For her, it addresses the turbulence of being a parent and a woman working through the personal challenges and opportunities for growth presented by the throes of midlife juxtaposed with post-election America and its disdainful and heartwrenching racial divides.

The album is the result of implementing years of lessons and experiences in songwriting, collaborating, and re-songwriting, sometimes writing five versions of one song, something Viers said never occurred to her two decades ago when she was writing punk music in college. Written over the course of a year, The Lookout invokes many of the songwriting tricks Veirs has collected in her toolbox over the last ten albums, working with long-time collaborator and producer Tucker Martine to create another album of beautifully melodic and intricate folk-pop, releasing not only another benchmark in her discography but in the genre as a whole.

“Watch Fire” appears on The Lookout, out tomorrow via Raven Marching Band Records.

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