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Laura Veirs Confirms Autumn Release For New Album 'My Echo', Shares Lead Single Burn Too Bright

Monday, 03 August 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Laura Veirs has announced her 11th solo album.

'My Echo' is scheduled to arrive on October 23 via Bella Union and follows up 2018's 'The Lookout'. Produced by her ex-husband Tucker Martine in 2019, the LP will feature guest appearances from Jim James, Bill Frisell, Karl Blau and Matt Ward, among others, as well as the newly shared glowing lead single Burn Too Bright. Veirs said:

"My world was turned upside down in my divorce and it felt like ‘nothing new’ to be forced into further deep uncertainty with the pandemic.

"I was already prepped for the kind of thinking required for dealing with the unknown. Also, as an artist you always have to deal with that fact anyways since art is such a precarious way to make a living."

The track features Veirs' delicate vocals over elegant strings and a vigorous drum beat. Have a listen below by means of a lyric video shot by Lance Bangs and Twixx Williams. The Portland singer-songwriter created the clip with help from her sons as a tribute to the late musician and producer Richard Swift.

"I wrote about a million versions of this song before landing on this version at the end of the recording session for my new album last summer. Sometimes a song pours out fully finished and sometimes I need to wrack my brain and try many different approaches until it feels right. This one messed with me for a long time and I almost gave up on it - but I’m glad I persevered because this is one of my favorite tracks on the new album. 

"The song was inspired by the passing of the great NW producer and musician Richard Swift. I didn’t know him personally but he was a close friend to many in my community and I admire his artistry a lot. His death got me thinking about people who seem to 'burn too bright' for this world. The song is dedicated to the many bright, artistic and heroic souls who have sadly left this plane too soon."

Discussing the concept of the clip, she added:

"In March I had been walking my dog around the neighborhood thinking about how to make a cool video with sidewalk chalk and this concept came to mind. It was shot by Lance Bangs right before lockdown. It was drawn be me, my two sons Oz (7) and Tennessee (10) and our babysitter Lori VanRavenhorst over the course of eight hours in a church parking lot in Portland. Much of the video was shot from the ground; I love how the entire piece is revealed in the final drone shot. The next day rains came and washed the chalk away. Much of my new album is about disintegration, death and the ephemeral nature of things, so the making - and nature’s taking away - of this giant chalk drawing fits well into the album’s overall concept."

'My Echo' tracklist:

1. Freedom Feeling 
2. Another Space and Time
3. Turquoise Walls
4. Memaloose Island
5. End Times 
6. Burn Too Bright
7. Brick Layer
8. All the Things 
9. I Sing to the Tall Man
10. Vapor Trails 

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