case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
July 8, 2016 - Supermoon
It’s been 3 years given Neko Case’s jubilant The Worse Things Get, 3 years given Laura Veirs’ Warp Weft, and 5 given Canadian value and nation brave k.d. lang’s Sing It Loud, so we competence assume a common craving for all 3 to recover new strain augured a synergistic assembly of minds that birthed case/lang/veirs. In reality, lang drew them together years back, desirous by The Traveling Wilburys (of course), and they’ve been given to their collaborative plan for prolonged adequate that it can bear fruits with a abyss of essence frequency seen from supergroups.
Case, lang and Veirs fit together like a folksy Voltron, a colorful and gratuitously glee-giving colossus. There’s a grateful meshing of voices here – everybody is given time to take a stage, everyone’s character is present, and a songwriting recalls a peaks of all 3 so that a record is like looking out opposite a comfortable and mouth-watering towering range. There were apparently tensions during recording and painful debates over minutiae, yet this doesn’t come opposite on record and there’s also no clarity of an manuscript constructed by committee. When 3 strong, observable voices come together, there’s always a probability of removing something watered down, though instead any individual’s powers are amplified.
lang, for instance, is means to stay loyal to herself on Why Do We Fight, her heading nation suspense clever by Case and Veirs’ high subsidy vocals. It’s a genuine, gut-wrenching impulse and one of a few that proves that a organisation are no reduction peaceful to arrangement themselves here than in their solo efforts. Case, too, offers a model Supermoon, a lane in her standard dim nation capillary that tells of sap pioneers – “we never used to live this long” – with painted-on smiles. “Nature isn’t magic,” she notes, “it’s a poser to us.” Case is no foreigner to a sinister machinations of a healthy world, and here those musical tendencies cut to a core of an manuscript about place: geographically, temporally, in propinquity to any other.
Elsewhere on a record, widespread 5 – using by a US’s western coastal states adult towards British Columbia – provides a common area for a 3 songwriters, and standout Best Kept Secret sees Veirs extolling a virtues of a Silver Lake musician with their “heart in a right place.” With Song For Judee, Veirs again takes a lead on a relocating reverence to Judee Sill, an change a 3 clearly share. “You were only perplexing to put a palm to where we are,” she suggests, and it’s one of a many effective evocations of a Americana and folk that Case, lang, and Veirs trade in. It’s all classical nation iconography, tales of mislaid artistic forms traversing a west in hunt of themselves and their place in a world. The paper to Sill is a vital tell, referencing as it does her strain The Kiss; case/lang/veirs is a story of a communion between 3 artists, any anticipating their way, perplexing to figure out how they can come together. Consider, too, a change of The Traveling Wilburys – “I’m so sleepy of being lonely…handle me with care.” Another strain seeking another partner to go easy on a heartbreak, though it’s also a story of a supergroup: wanderers guileless any other with their work.
It’s to a credit of all concerned that a manuscript never becomes strenuous or drowned in lashings of indulgent showmanship. Instead, it’s a comfortable arrangement of 3 of North America’s best storytellers entrance together to put on a uncover and accelerate any other’s tales. Listeners new to any of them can review case/lang/veirs as a clever primer, an introduction to any contributor’s work that lives during a intersections where all of their paths meet. A sundry and mostly successful assembly of minds, this is peer-review finished right, and a awaiting of it conversion destiny solo outings from Case, lang and Veirs is golden.