Out now, on Don Giovanni Records, The Big Freeze is the long-awaited fifth album by New York-based songwriter Laura Stevenson. In support of the new album, Stevenson will be touring Europe and the UK this June.
Recorded in her childhood home during the dead of winter, The Big Freeze represents a pivotal step for Stevenson. Despite her pedigree in the punk and indie rock scenes, and the occasional inclusion of a backing band (like the sprightly, C86-inspired pop track “Dermatillomania”), for the first time on record Stevenson’s voice and guitar are in clear and highlighted focus. It is a natural aesthetic choice for the musician, who has often toured as a solo act and who pulls influence from the great American songbook, and a choice that plays to the core strength and organic beauty of her writing. And though it is easily the darkest and most emotionally-devastating album of Stevenson’s career, it is also without a doubt her most powerful.
Stevenson builds on her own private worlds with choruses of multi-tracked voices, swarms of cellos, French horns and violins; orchestration that blooms and swells throughout each intimate performance. Exploring thematic ideas of distance and misconnection; worlds pulling apart, aching loneliness, and attempts to drive out hibernating dormant demons.
June 20th – Camden Assembly, London
June 21st – Patterns, Brighton
June 22nd – The Cavern, Exeter
June 23rd – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
June 25th – Broadcast, Glasgow
June 26th – Night People, Manchester
June 27th – The Exchange, Bristol
July 3rd – Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland