Laura Stevenson's new album Wheel features strings by Grammy award winning violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony And The Johnsons), brass accompaniment from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire, David Byrne and St. Vincent), and was produced and mixed by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate). Laura Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island with music in her blood. Her grandfather Harry Simeone a successful composer (“Little Drummer Boy”, “Do You Hear What I hear”) and her grandmother Margaret McCravy a singer for bandleader Benny Goodman. On Wheel she pours geography and heritage into the record, tackling family dynamics of dependence and support, and the feelings of isolation and insignificance that she has experienced while growing up surrounded by a vast body of water on a planet surrounded by an endlessly expanding universe. The album is also about coming to terms with these relationships and feelings, as well as her own and other’s mortality. Many of the lyrics on the album explore these themes before coming back to an understanding and acceptance of our place in the world, the short time we will spend here, and the people we end up sharing it with.
released April 23, 2013
Produced, engineered and mixed by Kevin McMahon in summer and fall of 2012 at Marcata Recording in New Paltz, NY
Additional recording by Peter Naddeo, Kelly Pratt, and Jeff Rosenstock
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music
All songs written by Laura Stevenson
All songs arranged by Alex Billig, Mike Campbell, Dave Garwacke, Peter Naddeo and Laura Stevenson
String arrangements by Rob Moose
Coming to the show a bit late here, honestly, when I saw Michelle on KEXP you-tube, I was taken away, that voice..
Diving woman is my favorite track, it has the intensity of Slowdive & the bass+drums really remind me of MetalBox & Flowers of Romance by Public Image Limited.
Lyrically,I love the concepts and the warmth of sentiment, some searing truths written in an accessibility, its giving me a doorway to understanding her generation. irq506
I emotionally relate so much to this album. I wish I were a cute girl with a voice just like her, in all honesty. Truthful, melancholic and intimate, this album will definitely hit anyone in the deepest part of their being. Thank god I found this via a misclick. Alex Jesus