|Listen to "Delirium" (below) off the case/lang/veirs album out June 17. Tickets for the T.O. show go on sale May 12.|
Several years ago k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs on a whim. 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."
But now there is an answer. A new album by three unique, self-driven artists called simply case/lang/veirs will be released by Anti- on June 17 with an extensive tour to follow. 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. Evidently, a fortuitous encounter with fireworks also provided a creative spark.
"At first we thought what can we possibly write about, we don't even know each other, there were no themes," says Laura Veirs. "So k.d. and I were having trouble writing and went on a walk. We saw this firework stand and we started looking at the names of the different fireworks, and one of them was called 'Delirium.' We were like, 'that's a good song title,' and we started building.
"Neko came in and, of course, she has a way of making everything great. She can even use one word to totally transform a song. We were writing things like 'the walls are falling in,' you know, trying to find a way of saying this person is in a delirious state. She said 'kaleidoscoping in,' and I was like, that's it! One word and the chorus went from cliché to magical." Have a listen to Delirium.
June 22 - San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay +
June 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre +
June 25 - Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery +
June 26 - Laytonville, CA @ Kate Wolf Music Festival
June 28 - Victoria, B.C. @ TD Victoria International Jazz Fest (Royal Theatre) +
June 29 - Vancouver, B.C. @ TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest (Queen Elizabeth Theatre) +
June 30 - Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre +
July 2 - Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre +
July 3 - Jacksonville, OR@ Britt Pavilion **
July 5 - Bend, OR @ Athletic Club of Bend +
July 7 - Reno, NV @ Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater !
July 8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Amphitheatre
July 9 - Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center !
July 10 - Denver, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens !
July 22 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
July 23 - Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series +
July 24 - Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
July 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival +
July 27 - Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre +
July 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens +
July 31 - New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
August 2 - San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts +
August 3 - Austin, TX @ Long Center for the Performing Arts +
August 4 - Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
August 6 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
August 7 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
August 9 - Bayfield, WI @ Big Top Chautauqua +
August 10 - Apple Valley, MN @ Weesner Family Amphitheater
August 12 - Grand Prairie, AB @ Bear Creek Folk Music Festival
August 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Interstellar Rodeo
August 16 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
+ Special Guest Andy Shauf
! Special Guest Joseph
* On Sale 5/12
**On Sale 5/13