Some collaborations just hit you like a bolt out of the blue. Well this is one and it’s all thanks to an email k.d. lang sent several years ago to to Neko Case and Laura Veirs. It read simply, “I think we should make a record together.” Though the three musicians were barely more than acquaintances “Laura and I both responded immediately,” recalls Case. “There was no question.”
The new album, case/lang/veirs, will be released June 17 on Anti- with an extensive US tour to follow. Here’s your first listen with the lead track Atomic Number featuring the vocals of all three…it’s also our Song of the Day:
‘case/lang/veirs’ features fourteen new, original songs written by the artists over a period of two-and-a-half years. It was recorded in Portland, OR where lang and Veirs both live, and produced by Tucker Martine with the group. Sessions commenced in lang’s loft with a view of Mount St. Helens, and in Veirs’ dining room and backyard studio.
Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, ‘case/lang/veirs’ draws inspiration from alluring, mysterious subjects: a supermoon, the tumbledown story of 70s singer Judee Sill, and the “best kept secret” in Silver Lake, to name but three.