• laura veirs Carbon Glacier (CD, £11.50)

    label: bella union

    Reissue of Laura Veirs' 2004 album. On her Nonesuch debut Carbon Glacier, Veirs reimagines folk music in a bravely boundary-crossing way, employing the genre as a jumping-off point to create an intimate, affecting sound entirely her own. The Independent described it as a benchmark by which future Americana releases will be judged. Uncut simply declared Carbon Glacier Veirs first masterpiece. Veirsí songs are steeped in natural imagery, blending influences ranging from folk to blues to punk. A Seattle (now Portland) resident by way of Colorado, Veirs background in geology and kinship with the rugged landscape she grew up in meld together with her punk and country blues roots to form an unusual musical outlook. 1 - Ether Sings 2 - Icebound Stream 3 - Rapture 4 - Lonely Angel Dust 5 - Cloud Room 6 - Wind Is Blowing Stars 7 - Shadow Blues 8 - Anne Bonny Rag 9 - Snow Camping 10 - Chimney Sweeping Man 11 - Salvage A Smile 12 - Blackened Anchor 13 - Riptide


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