July Flame: NPR Song Of The Day

Much like the language, the arrangement is a model of sublime economy, built around Veirs’ slender guitar part and gentle rhythmic accents. (With her sweet, breathy delivery, the Oregon-based Veirs sounds at times like an older, romantically thwarted Taylor Swift.) But as the song continues, the production gradually builds, as if matching her own escalating ache. By the end, she’s been joined by a sighing string section and choir, adding up to an emotional outburst, if not total catharsis. It’s as if she — and the song — have kept their emotions in check until they simply can’t anymore.

Listen here.