Apart from her contribution to 2017’s Don’t Stop Now covers compilation benefiting the ACLU, we haven’t heard much from Laura Stevenson since the release of 2015’s Cocksure. But the New York songwriter returns today with a new double single in celebration of her mom’s birthday. All proceeds from its Bandcamp sales will go to the non-profit Safe Horizon, serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
The two new tracks, “The Mystic & The Master” and “Maker Of Things,” were written for and inspired by her mom. “I just wanted to share this as a way of showing her my appreciation for everything she endured while raising me and my sister,” Stevenson explained in a press release. She recorded the pair earlier this year alongside Cocksure producer Joe Rogers in her childhood home on Long Island.
“The Mystic & The Master” is a gentle and ornate homage, while “Maker Of Things” recounts a darker, knotted memory that took place at a gas station in her youth. Both deviate from Cocksure’s fiercer, more punk leanings and settle back into the rooted warmth of Wheel’s folk-rock. Listen below.
“The Mystic & The Master” and “Maker Of Things” are out now.