Laura Veirs is relatively unknown. That is to say, unknown except by self-righteous Portland Hipsters who likely see her guest appearances with the Decemberists as heresy because any band is better when they're laboring in obscurity.
All sarcasm aside, Veirs' 2010 record, July Flame, is an enjoyable slice of folk. She has a strong voice, and combining this with excellent playing and writing, she hits you with a wide variety of songs over the albums length. Some are slow and country tinged ballads while others choose quick picking and minimal backing instrumentation in favor of a more choral, revival feeling.
My track of the day today is 'Wide-eyed, legless', a song that is best described as ghostly. It feels like something a child playing skipping rope in the cemetery might sing to a departed friend. Or a parent. Or a lover. It hints at all of these possibilities and the sing-song chorus of "No More Looking Back" adds to the ambiguity. A beautiful song.