New Release & Video: Laura Veirs – Lightning Rod

Laura Veirs is set to release The Lookout, her tenth solo full-length album, on 13th April

After sharing the singles Everybody Needs You and Watch Fire, Veirs now presents the album’s final pre-release song, Lightning Rod and it’s accompanying video

The visuals were created by Basque artists Izar Etxeberria (illustrations) and Eñaut Uribesalgo (animation). Etxeberria explains the impetus for the video: “I wanted to express the sense of wonder about the majestic mystery of life that fuels both science and art. It represents the creative process of an artist born from the need to make sense of it and to communicate the beauty and sacredness of nature, it’s fragility. It’s a poetic attempt to question our modern cosmology and values”

Take a look below…

Talking about the record, Veirs states: “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…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