“What’s going on with Laura Veirs?” is a question we find ourselves asking with ever increasing frequency. Ok, there was the case/lang/veirs album in 2016, but the last true Laura Veirs album was Warp and Weft – and that was 2013. Twenty-Thirteen ! “Is this the troubadour work ethic ?” we ask ourselves. “When will we have great tunes again from the Portland songbird ?” we query. Well – the 13th of April. That is when, Uncut reports, the next release from Laura Veirs will hit the shops. And on-line sellers as well.
The album is called The Lookout, and Veirs says of it that it’s “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”. The album addresses “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.”
Naturally – as night follows day – there’ll be a UK tour. Everyone cool wants to play the UK when they have a new album out, after all.
Saturday 2nd June – SHEFFIELD – The Hubs
Sunday 3rd June – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
Monday 4th June – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny
Tuesday 5th June – GLASGOW – Oran Mor
Wednesday 6th June – MANCHESTER – The Deaf Institute
Friday 8th June – LONDON – Union Chapel
Saturday 9th June – CARDIFF – St John The Evangelist
Sunday 10th June – BRISTOL – The Thekla
Monday 11th June – BRIGHTON – The Komedia
And whilst we wait for those live dates here’s a taster for the new album.