case/lang/veirs has a strong focus on the everyday, the unextraordinary, and the relatable, with some of the album’s strongest emotional punches arising from the simpler compositions that set their focus on the lyrics and their delivery. Blue Fires contemplates unrequited love, with the lines “why do blue flames burn in me/yet not in you” hitting you where you live, while 1000 Miles Away explores emotional distance despite an intimate proximity. It is unsurprising that Lang – the elder of the trio – leads these tracks, adding gravitas through her experience and unornate vocal style. Down I-5 laments the inevitability of death because it means that the everyday beauty that is glimpsed in passing – horses on the hill, laundry on the line, cut grass – while driving would no longer be experienced. The music matches the defiant tone, while propelling the song forward on insistent rhythms.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 4th July 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.