New Release, Video & Tour: Laura Veirs – The Lookout / Everybody Needs You

Laura Veirs has announced details of her tenth solo album, The Lookout, released 13th April via Bella Union

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 crows nest and a lightning rod channelling energy

Veirs has also shared a video to the new track Everybody Needs You, directed by Lance Bangs, which can be viewed here…

“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 k.d. 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

“Twenty years ago when I was just starting out with my punk band, it never occurred to me to write five versions of a song,” says Veirs. “I’ve learned to see how malleable lyrics and melodies can be. I have more tools as a musician so I write many versions of songs until I find the right fit”

The Lookout draws on the talents of a time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine. Says Veirs, “These guys are a good hang, ego-free and wonderful players who just want to serve the songs.” Sufjan Stevens and Jim James provide guest vocals

Veirs will be touring the US and Europe throughout the Spring, reaching the UK for the below dates in June…

2nd June – Sheffield, The Hubs
3rd June – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
4th June – Newcastle, The Cluny
5th June – Glasgow, Oran Mor
6th June – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
8th June – London, Union Chapel
9th June – Cardiff, St John The Evangelist
10th June – Bristol, The Thekla
11th June – Brighton, The Komedia