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Laura Veirs: Carbon Glacier

Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2004

LESS THAN TEN YEARS AGO, Laura Veirs was struck on being a geologist. Then, exploring a remote desert corner of northwest China with a bunch of fellow students, she was left alone to tend camp among yaks and inquisitive native herders. Wielding her "crappy five-dollar Chinese guitar", she began a-tinkering. Immediately hooked, she hasn't stopped since. In translation, the Taklamakan desert reads thus: "You can get in, but you can never get out." She admits today that that's exactly how she feels about songwriting. And here, in all its frosted glory, is the 30-year-old's first masterpiece.

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