LAURA STEVENSON – ” Laura Stevenson “

Posted: August 6, 2021 in MUSIC

Laura Stevenson’s new, self-titled studio album follows the heartbeat of the life-altering events. From the excitement and tribulations of giving birth to her first child during the COVID-19 pandemic to the powerful rage born from a turbulent situation in which someone she loves was harmed and nearly killed, the new collection is a dynamic and heartbreaking celebration of life. The album has already received rapturous acclaim across The Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, Paste and Stereogum and more.

Laura Stevenson” was produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Hop Along, Dinosaur Jr.), and features long time collaborator and bandmate Jeff Rosenstock on guitar. While it is often emotionally heavy, Laura Stevenson never strays from its true motivating force: love. “The album was written as a sort of purge and a prayer,” Stevenson says. When it finally came time to record, she was pregnant with her first child. “It was a very intense experience to re-live all of the events of the previous year, while tracking these songs, with my daughter growing inside me, reliving all of that fear and pain and just wanting to protect her from the world that much more. It made me very raw.” 

The album follows Stevenson’s 2019 career milestone “The Big Freeze” celebrated for its “finely detailed, wrenchingly intimate song writing” (All Songs Considered), and a 2020 NPR Tiny Desk (counted as one of the year’s 20 Best). Recorded at The Building in Marlboro, NY, “Laura Stevenson” is a sincere portrait of a human heart in all its vibrant colours. More than anything, it is about bearing one’s whole self in the face of those you love—uncomfortable, and exposed, but vital, present. 

Released August 6th, 2021

“one of America’s best if most underrated songwriters.” –– The Guardian

“a really remarkable and beautiful and intense set of songs” 
 NPR “New Music Friday”

one of the most powerful and immediate albums she’s ever released” – BrooklynVegan

an album that feels elegant and comforting and unadorned”. – Stereogum, calling it their Album Of the Week

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