Warp & Weft

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the sparse acoustic approach of 2010's July Flame and Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children in 2011, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs returns to her electric guitar on Warp & Weft and delivers a dozen new songs that wind through skillfully textured, slightly psychedelicized rock, pop, and Americana, covering everything from the fears and joys of motherhood -- she had her second child in 2012 -- to disillusionment to homages to heroes to gratitude and spiritual awareness. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, the pair enlist an all-star cast that includes drummer Brian Blade, My Morning Jacket, k.d. lang, Neko Case, Nate Query of the Decemberists, Jeremy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the sparse acoustic approach of 2010's July Flame and Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children in 2011, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs returns to her electric guitar on Warp & Weft and delivers a dozen new songs that wind through skillfully textured, slightly psychedelicized rock, pop, and Americana, covering everything from the fears and joys of motherhood -- she had her second child in 2012 -- to disillusionment to homages to heroes to gratitude and spiritual awareness. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, the pair enlist an all-star cast that includes drummer Brian Blade, My Morning Jacket, k.d. lang, Neko Case, Nate Query of the Decemberists, Jeremy Kittel, Rob Burger, and Karl Blau. "Sun Song," a shuffling country rocker, is a Veirs trademark, though its layered strings are an exotic touch amid the weave of ringing electric and nylon-string guitars. She celebrates the landscape and the emergence from a long winter with Case breezily backing her. The almost nursery rhyme-like melody of "Finster Saw the Angels" celebrates the late artist and mystic, and offers a prayer for guidance as Burger's accordion, Carl Broemel's pedal steel, and her own country picking underscore the harmony vocals with lang. The elliptical rocker, "Dorothy of the Island," borrows the chorus from the traditional "Motherless Children," but wraps it in a warm, post-psych elasticity that belies the song's lyric concerns; Case's transcendent backing vocal almost steals the show. "That Alice" is a straight-ahead rocker that celebrates the life, musical and spiritual contributions of Alice Coltrane; Case's backing vocals add a near Baroque pop quality that is blindsided by a screaming guitar solo from Broemel. "Sadako Folding Cranes," is a relatively sparse and poignant tome about Sadako Sasaki, the two-year-old who survived Hiroshima only to die a decade later of complications from leukemia. During her lifetime, she folded a thousand paper cranes in the wish that for world peace would be realized. Veirs and Jim James' harmonies meld seamlessly, creating an almost otherworldly quality. Set-closer "White Cherry" is musical acknowledgment of Coltrane's influence as it weds modal jazz -- complete with a sitar, upright bass, harp samples, and two drummers -- to Veirs' own expansive sense of melody; her lyric celebrates the middle way between nature, spirit, and flesh. Warp & Weft disp-lays Veirs' sophisticated songcraft though "America" falls short for its obviousness is adorned by diverse textures, expert musicianship, and a generous use of space; it's almost almost perfectly balanced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Raven Marching Band
  • UPC: 616892135449
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 56,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sun Song (4:12)
  2. 2 America (4:13)
  3. 3 Finster Saw the Angels (3:00)
  4. 4 Dorothy of the Island (5:31)
  5. 5 Shape Shifter (3:06)
  6. 6 Ghosts of Louisville (0:29)
  7. 7 Say Darlin' Say (3:48)
  8. 8 That Alice (3:26)
  9. 9 Ikaria (1:29)
  10. 10 Sadako Folding Cranes (3:54)
  11. 11 Ten Bridges (3:53)
  12. 12 White Cherry (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Veirs Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String)
Brian Blade Drums
k.d. lang Vocal Harmony
Tim Young Piano, Electric Guitar, Bells
Neko Case Vocal Harmony
Tucker Martine Percussion, Drums, Sounds
Karl Blau Bass, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Mellotron, Juno, Guitar (Baritone)
Rob Burger Organ, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Bells, Sampling, Mellotron, farfisa organ, Pump Organ
Nate Query Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Jim James Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Broemel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar (Baritone)
Steve Nistor Percussion, Drums
Jeremy Kittel Violin, Viola
Bo Koster Piano, Keyboards, Omnichord
Bill Athens Upright Bass
Nathaniel Smith Cello
Alex Guy Viola
Michael Finn Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Tucker Martine Composer, Producer, Engineer
Grady McFerrin Artwork
Traditional Composer
Laura Veirs Composer, Whistle
Jim James Composer
Jeremy Kittel String Arrangements
Chloe Aftel Back Cover Photo
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