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After her early DIY beginnings and dabbles with feminist punk, folk artist Laura Veirs has now amassed a very impressive back catalogue of six highly acclaimed albums, and her latest opus, released in the new year, looks set to continue her success. Recorded in a barn behind her Portland home, July Flame takes its cues from “the emotion of midsummer”, and the title, though relevant to the pastoral, seasonal themes, actually comes from a species of peach that Laura discovered while wandering through a local farmer’s market. Departing from the full band sound that has marked her recent work, Laura has described the sound of July Flame as “stripped down folk”, though some of her musical compadres do drop in every now and then to lend a hand on these rustic arrangements.
The title of preview track ‘Wide-Eyed, Legless’ was taken from one of the many weird, obscure poetry books Laura has amassed, though she can’t now recall the volume in question, giving it a found-and-lost mystique. This is a hummingbird of a song; rich, twanging, maritime-inspired folk with a dreamy, story-ballad inflection, promising lovely things to come. July Flame will receive a North American release through Veirs’s own label Raven Marching Band Records, reaching Europe and the rest of the world through the lovely Bella Union, to whom she returns after a sojourn with major label subsidiary Nonesuch. Definitely one for pre-order. MP3 after the jump.
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