Laura Veirs on The Morning Mix
Cindy and Laura Veirs started their conversation out with the meaning behind the title of her latest record, Warp and Weft. “It’s the two strands of weaving, so the horizontal and vertical threads that make up weaving. My mom is weaver so I learned that term a long time ago and I was always thinking it could be a cool record title. It does fit the record for a variety of reasons. I bring in some references to other artists like leaving in traditional folk songs and old lyrics. Also it weaves in kind of a contrasting lyrical feeling, like very bright, grateful, upbeat lyrics and then also looking at the darker side of life and the scary kind of haunting, wintery side of life. I think of it as the white threads one way and the black threads going the other, adding a contrast like you get in weaving,” explains Veirs.
Warp and Weft is Laura Veirs first record since she has became a mother. In fact, it was recorded while Veirs was pregnant with her second child. Laura explained how becoming a mother has influenced her writing for the album, “It’s a little more topical. I feel that maybe my last record was a little more inward, this one is looking out further, like looking more across society.”
Warp and Weft was produced by Tucker Martine. However Martine isn’t only Laura’s producer, he is also her husband, the father of her two children, and long-time musical collaborator. Veirs discusses Martine’s ability to “pull everything” out of her music, “He knows what I’m capable of more than anyone else does in the studio. He’s the only producer I’ve ever worked with, so I think he has an intuitive sense of what my best work is, my best take, vocally especially. That’s a fine skill, to sort intuit an artist and what their best performance is. One of the great things he can do as a producer, with all artists, [that he works with too is] find what they’re capable of and get them to do it. There is a lot psychological play because people can get weird in the studio. He has a way of keeping it light and relaxed and helping people find their best work and their record sounds really good,” explains Veirs.
Laura talks about new sound on Warp and Weft brings. “I’m really proud of it. It’s a more wide pallet, it’s a wider more colorful than I’ve used before and it goes into some new territory,” explains Veirs. Laura Veirs’ new record Warp and Weft is out now and available in stores and online.