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    On her third Nonesuch release, Laura Veirs remains fascinated by the natural world, filling her work with images of the ocean and the stars. But she digs even deeper this time, incorporating the turbulence of her own life and the larger world into this collection of songs.

    The continuing collaboration with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) allows for experimentation and inventiveness, which, according to Pitchfork, showcases Veirs’s “indulgence in flights of verbal fancy.” An example of this is the track “To the Country,” which was recorded in the Nashville cabin of Johnny Cash and June Carter and which features an eight-person Baptist choir. Veirs describes the experience as “transcendent.”

    On Saltbreakers, Veirs is accompanied by her longtime studio and touring band, originally called the Tortured Souls, who now bear the same name as the album. The band traveled the world touring in support of Veirs’s previous Nonesuch albums Carbon Glacier and Year of Meteors. “The band has gotten really close,” says Veirs. “We’ve become a family.” The group includes Veirs on vocals and guitar, Karl Blau on bass, Steve Moore on piano, and Tucker Martine on drums. The title track of Saltbreakers also marks the debut of her fellow players as backing vocalists. Most of the album was recorded in Seattle.

     

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars
    Karl Blau, guitars, bass, vocals, saxophone, keyboards
    Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, beats, vocals, white noises
    Steve Moore, piano, keyboards, bells, euphonium, vocals
    Eyvind Kang, viola (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 12)
    Bill Frisell, electric guitar (8)
    Keith Lowe, upright bass (2, 4, 8), electric bass (9)
    Cedar Hill Choir (Billy Blackwood, Ericka Chambers, Todd Dixon, Laurie Adams Klein, Sarah Valley, Ashley Mofield, Michael Peasall, Sarah Peasall), vocals (8)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tucker Martine
    Recorded and Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
    Tracks 7 and 8 mixed at Avast!, Seattle, WA
    Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
    Choir tracks recorded at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN; engineered by Trey Call

    Photography: Autumn deWilde
    Nautical collage: Clyde Peterson
    Design: Dale Smith

    Executive Producer: David Bither

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on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Artist Name: 
Laura Veirs
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Laura Veirs broadens her studio sound with the backing of her avant-rock touring band and employs images of nature at its most dazzling and mysterious. Veirs, says the Boston Globe, "achieves a swooning romance on her subtly orchestrated songs."

Description: 

On her third Nonesuch release, Laura Veirs remains fascinated by the natural world, filling her work with images of the ocean and the stars. But she digs even deeper this time, incorporating the turbulence of her own life and the larger world into this collection of songs.

The continuing collaboration with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) allows for experimentation and inventiveness, which, according to Pitchfork, showcases Veirs’s “indulgence in flights of verbal fancy.” An example of this is the track “To the Country,” which was recorded in the Nashville cabin of Johnny Cash and June Carter and which features an eight-person Baptist choir. Veirs describes the experience as “transcendent.”

On Saltbreakers, Veirs is accompanied by her longtime studio and touring band, originally called the Tortured Souls, who now bear the same name as the album. The band traveled the world touring in support of Veirs’s previous Nonesuch albums Carbon Glacier and Year of Meteors. “The band has gotten really close,” says Veirs. “We’ve become a family.” The group includes Veirs on vocals and guitar, Karl Blau on bass, Steve Moore on piano, and Tucker Martine on drums. The title track of Saltbreakers also marks the debut of her fellow players as backing vocalists. Most of the album was recorded in Seattle.

 

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tucker Martine
Recorded and Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
Tracks 7 and 8 mixed at Avast!, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
Choir tracks recorded at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN; engineered by Trey Call

Photography: Autumn deWilde
Nautical collage: Clyde Peterson
Design: Dale Smith

Executive Producer: David Bither

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

104316

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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207
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657
ns_album_releasedate: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 04:00
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597999358BUN
Price: 
0.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597999341
Price: 
10.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars
Karl Blau, guitars, bass, vocals, saxophone, keyboards
Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, beats, vocals, white noises
Steve Moore, piano, keyboards, bells, euphonium, vocals
Eyvind Kang, viola (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Bill Frisell, electric guitar (8)
Keith Lowe, upright bass (2, 4, 8), electric bass (9)
Cedar Hill Choir (Billy Blackwood, Ericka Chambers, Todd Dixon, Laurie Adams Klein, Sarah Valley, Ashley Mofield, Michael Peasall, Sarah Peasall), vocals (8)

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