Whitney Pastorek
January 07, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

July Flame

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Laura Veirs
genre
Folk

We gave it an A-

Were you the first to tell your friends about Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone in 2009? Female-singer-songwriter fan, your work is not yet done! The extraordinary Laura Veirs — a punk rocker?turned-underrated pop folkie — should inspire fits of similar evangelistic passion. Always in touch with the natural world, Veirs’ new album July Flame sends us on hikes through dreamy landscapes evoked by her uniquely tangy voice, casting minimal instrumentation in glistening arrangements to captivate the melancholy imagination. If sofa-size paintings of the Pacific Northwest could sing, they’d sound like this. A-

Download This: Listen to the song July Flame at myspace.com

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