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Carbon Glacier

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    Nonesuch Records released Laura Veirs’s Carbon Glacier, her label debut, in August 2004. The album had received extraordinary praise in the UK, where it had been released the previous February. The Independent called it the “most enthralling album of the year thus far,” adding “it has the air of an instant classic, a benchmark by which future Americana releases will be judged.” Mojo called the record “incantatory, contemplative, literate,” and went on to say, “Laura Veirs might be the bridge between the alt-country ghetto and the Sheryl Crow-revering mainstream,” while Uncut, in a five-star lead review, called Carbon Glacier Veirs’s “first masterpiece … the unmistakable sound of a songwriter hitting her stride, pouring herself into each syllable.”

    Veirs’s songs are steeped in natural imagery, blending influences ranging from folk to blues to punk. Then a Seattle resident by way of Colorado, Veirs’s background in geology and kinship with the rugged landscape she grew up in meld together with her punk performing roots to form an unusual musical outlook. Her collaborators on Carbon Glacier, The Tortured Souls, reflect this vision of a style that spans rock, jazz, and avant-garde: producer/drummer Tucker Martine has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Jim White, and Modest Mouse; viola player Eyvind Kang performs with Beck and Frisell while leading his own ensemble; Lori Goldston, who toured with Nirvana, plays cello; Steve Moore adds trombone and keyboards; and Karl Blau contributes bass, guitar, and vocals. (Both Moore and Blau are veterans of the Northwest underground folk and rock community.)

    Carbon Glacier, Veirs’s fourth album, was released in the UK by Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) on his Bella Union label, which also released her third album, Troubled by the Fire. Veirs’s first two albums, Laura Veirs and The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae, were self-released.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars, banjo-uke, glockenspiel
    Steve Moore, piano, organs, vibraphonette, trombone
    Karl Blau, bass, vocals, guitar, synth, sax
    Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, treatments
    Eyvind Kang, viola
    Lori Golston, cello
    Keith Lowe, upright bass (1)
    Ajiana, Ja’kayla, Jamare Miller and Quiana Walker, vocals on 9

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
    Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
    Drawings by Jason Lutes after Rockwell Kent

    Design by Nina Frenkel and Pete Erickson
    Adapted by Platinum Design Inc., NYC

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79854

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
207
559
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Laura Veirs
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597985429BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597985467
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Nonesuch Records released Laura Veirs’s Carbon Glacier, her label debut, in August 2004. The album had received extraordinary praise in the UK, where it had been released the previous February. The Independent called it the “most enthralling album of the year thus far,” adding “it has the air of an instant classic, a benchmark by which future Americana releases will be judged.” Mojo called the record “incantatory, contemplative, literate,” and went on to say, “Laura Veirs might be the bridge between the alt-country ghetto and the Sheryl Crow-revering mainstream,” while Uncut, in a five-star lead review, called Carbon Glacier Veirs’s “first masterpiece … the unmistakable sound of a songwriter hitting her stride, pouring herself into each syllable.”

Veirs’s songs are steeped in natural imagery, blending influences ranging from folk to blues to punk. Then a Seattle resident by way of Colorado, Veirs’s background in geology and kinship with the rugged landscape she grew up in meld together with her punk performing roots to form an unusual musical outlook. Her collaborators on Carbon Glacier, The Tortured Souls, reflect this vision of a style that spans rock, jazz, and avant-garde: producer/drummer Tucker Martine has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Jim White, and Modest Mouse; viola player Eyvind Kang performs with Beck and Frisell while leading his own ensemble; Lori Goldston, who toured with Nirvana, plays cello; Steve Moore adds trombone and keyboards; and Karl Blau contributes bass, guitar, and vocals. (Both Moore and Blau are veterans of the Northwest underground folk and rock community.)

Carbon Glacier, Veirs’s fourth album, was released in the UK by Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) on his Bella Union label, which also released her third album, Troubled by the Fire. Veirs’s first two albums, Laura Veirs and The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae, were self-released.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

For her Nonesuch debut, Viers pairs entrancingly spare arrangements with haunting lyrics. Her songs, says the New York Times, "qualify as poems: they're careful, word-conscious, narrative ... and tend to give you a take on regular life experience that you don't quite expect."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars, banjo-uke, glockenspiel
Steve Moore, piano, organs, vibraphonette, trombone
Karl Blau, bass, vocals, guitar, synth, sax
Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, treatments
Eyvind Kang, viola
Lori Golston, cello
Keith Lowe, upright bass (1)
Ajiana, Ja’kayla, Jamare Miller and Quiana Walker, vocals on 9

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
Drawings by Jason Lutes after Rockwell Kent

Design by Nina Frenkel and Pete Erickson
Adapted by Platinum Design Inc., NYC