Stereofave Laura Veirs has put the finishing touches on her third record for Nonesuch and the first track, recorded in Johnny and June Carter Cash’s Tennessee cabin studio, is a gem. Producer/bandmate Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) keeps it spacious, building around Laura’s delicate, earnest vox with spare acoustic picking, fiddle, hand claps and jazz legend (and labelmate) Bill Frisell’s subtle guitar lines. The first accoutrement of note is Laura’s call-and-response with the eight-voice Cedar Hill Choir (triple tracked!), a choice possibly informed by that French children’s choir’s arrangements of her tunes. Regardless, it’s decidedly Sufjan-y (Soof-y? Sufi?), another notch in their branch of mutual admiration. You must download.

Saltbreakers is out 4/10 on Nonesuch.

Comments (14)
  1. annie onymous  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    this record is great. this song is great. and laura is still rockin’ that super-cute librarian thing she has goin’. i declare this Year of the Veirs!

  2. It’s the song Beth Orton wishes she wrote.

  3. beth orton  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    I wish I wrote that song.

  4. dusty  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    Most of the album was actually recorded in Tucker’s studio in Seattle, but this track was indeed recorded in Johnny and June Carter Cash’s cabin in TN.

  5. seiche  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    This is, so far, the only Stereogum recommended artist that has really stuck with me. If that means any thing to anybody.

    I can’t wait to get home so I can d/l this.

    Thanks, Scott.

  6. not beth orton  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    This made me laugh… a lot.

    It’s the song Beth Orton wishes she wrote.
    Posted by: scott at February 28, 2007 11:35 AM

    I wish I wrote that song.
    Posted by: beth orton at February 28, 2007 12:04 PM

  7. A bit Sufjanish. And ain’t nothing wrong with that.

  8. Teve Torbes  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    The only thing homelier than her music is her face.

  9. Mat  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0


    You’re just leaving librarian cuteness for the rest of us!

  10. jenn  |   Posted on Feb 28th, 2007 0

    this album is FANTASTIC, start to finish…not that i was surprised. think we’ll get lucky enough for another mercury lounge-sized show when she tours this album? i would sure hope so, though i know that was probably a one time thing.

    the album has leaked, so for those of you who are impatient piraters like myself, search it out and download it.

    hadn’t made the sufjan connection before but it’s indeed there.

    thanks for the chuckle re: beth orton. she could never even approach laura veirs.

  11. becca  |   Posted on Mar 2nd, 2007 0

    laura veirs you are so cute! i saw her with colin meloy last year–she was definitely a pleasant surprise. this song is beautiful

  12. Fab  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2007 0

    wow ain’t that song great ?? Indeed, its a little but sufjanish but that’s a good work done here … considering I love both, I can’t hate that beautiful song !! What a tune again, Miss Laura Veirs, I can’t wait till I see her again on stage and I’m deffo going to Paris for her show to come… I’m a little bit confused though, on what album is it going to be released ? I thought she was out with a new record on 28, March…??

  13. daniel  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2007 0

    what website can you use to find the album? i’ve looked all over.

  14. what no myspace for U, just heard your song on Radio 6 which is why I moved to the country, what a magic song, (see the stars) I can’t believe I cant find you on myspace, am I too old to use myspace? (at 56) whoa!


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