First Listen: case/lang/veirs, ‘case/lang/veirs’

June 9, 2016 - Supermoon

The self-titled entrance manuscript by case/lang/veirs comes out Jun 17.i

The self-titled entrance manuscript by case/lang/veirs comes out Jun 17.

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The self-titled entrance manuscript by case/lang/veirs comes out Jun 17.

The self-titled entrance manuscript by case/lang/veirs comes out Jun 17.

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It’s tough to suppose a whole that would surpass a sum of these parts. Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs have small to infer divided — they’ve any done vital, emotionally retaining strain via their careers, that in lang’s box spans some-more than 3 decades — so their new supergroup is firm to seem, during slightest on paper, like something between a whim and a feat lap.

And nonetheless case/lang/veirs, their initial manuscript together, feels like something distant some-more estimable and exciting: a estimable prolongation of 3 extensive catalogs, in that 3 good singer-songwriters sound extended and invigorated by a plea of vital adult to any other’s legacies. The album’s opening song, “Atomic Number,” grants them equal time to trade lines, mix and showcase their challenging voices, and still build a balance that breathes as a hooky and mouth-watering whole.

The rest of case/lang/veirs finds a 3 singers withdrawal any other larger space to take solo turns, and any gets her share of absolute highlights. Veirs takes a lead in “Song For Judee,” in that she tells a unhappy story of folk-rock thespian Judee Sill in a approach that touches on contemptible sum but sacrificing a empathy, amiability and beauty during a core of so many Laura Veirs songs. Case’s entries, quite “Delirium” and “Supermoon,” would fit orderly on any of her new solo albums — which, given a peculiarity of those records, is a high compliment. And lang, ever a discriminating pro, lets her regard and gravitas rouse all her voice touches. With a stately high notes, “Blue Fires” provides a quite artistic showcase for lang’s outspoken gift, that stays undivided if not softened over time.

There’s a munificence of suggestion to case/lang/veirs; a clarity that all 3 singers share this sold spotlight eagerly. Along a way, that allows any to gleam alongside dual of a best subsidy voices in a business. But their individuality isn’t lost, either: When Case takes a lead in “Behind The Armory,” she hits one of those moments — listened so mostly on her possess annals — in that a few words, organised only so, constraint a immature lifetime of bleeding honour and compromised expectations. “Still we wish we to adore me,” she sings in a song’s chorus, as a strain drops divided to make room for a sobriety of a confession. It’s an greatly insinuate moment, and yet, like all on case/lang/veirs, it’s all a some-more manly for a association it keeps.

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