Inspired by peaches she found at a Portland, Ore., farmer’s market, Laura Veirs is now set to release her seventh full-length album next year.
July Flame, out Jan. 19, 2010, will be Veirs' first release through her new label, Raven Marching Band. The follow-up to 2007's Saltbreakers will also be her sixth album produced by Tucker Martine.
When she found those peaches last year, Veirs insisted that she and a
friend each compose a song named after them. But long after they
exchanged the two July Flame numbers, the inspiration stuck. "I’d been in a songwriting slump at that time and writing that song
pushed me over my plateau and into a new place where I was surprising
myself again. I invented oddball tunings so I was really using my ear
to search out new-sounding melodies and patterns," Veirs says on her website. "I wrote
this album from a searching, soulful place. I hope it elicits a real
The end result is a stripped-down release that mainly features her
finger-picking over an acoustic guitar. My Morning Jacket’s Jim James
also sings on a few of the tracks.
Before July Flame drops, fans can still see Veirs perform with The Decemberists for the remainder of their fall tour.
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