Laura Stevenson‘s new album Wheel has been a long time in the making. The Long Island musician has been playing music since her early youth. She started out her career by playing with Bomb The Music Industry in her teens, which was also when she began her own compositions. Her songs combine rock and folk, giving fans soft and hard, quiet and loud sounds, all with smart lyrics and viral guitar riffs. Eventually Stevenson’s work in Bomb The Music Industry turned into Laura Stevenson and the Cans, a quintet that often grew to include as many as eight band members on stage. Their debut LP, A Record, was greeted with massive acclaim, accruing over 25,000 downloads since its original release in 2008.
Since A Record, Stevenson released sit resist in 2011, which was her first official solo release. Then earlier this year Stevenson released Runner EP, a three-track 7″ that included Wheel‘s premier single, “Runner.”
Wheel is a beautiful mix of songs that showcases Stevenson’s broad abilities as a songwriter. For old fans, the record serves as a summary of her raw talent and the path she’s taken to where she is now. For new fans, Wheel is a wonderful introduction to an artist who thoroughly understands how to build songs–both instrumentally and lyrically.