Sufjan Stevens Joins Collaborator Laura Veirs on the Gentle "Watch Fire"

The track comes from Veirs' upcoming tenth album 'The Lookout,' and precedes Stevens' performance at the Academy Awards this weekend.

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28 February 2018, 9:11am

Big week for Sufjan! Ahead of his Oscar performance on Sunday, he's featured today on the brand new single by his Carrie & Lowell collaborator Laura Veirs, "Watch Fire." The pretty, campfire-reminiscent track comes from Veirs' tenth studio album, The Lookout, which is due for release on 13 April.

For Sufjan's part, while this is firmly Veirs' show, his fragile voice offsets the folky power of her parts, and, as they showed on Carrie & Lowell (to which Veirs contributed vocals), they make a good combination, and he seems at home amongst the cosy acoustic guitars and atmospheric strings. According to Pitchfork, Veirs said of Sufjan's involvement, "I heard his voice on this song when I wrote it. We’ve been friends for a long time and he’s given me quite a few artistic pep talks over the years." It seems that this is a solid partnership, and if it keeps producing tracks like this, then long may it continue.

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