Laura Gibson

Empire Builder, Laura Gibson's second record for Barsuk and fourth LP, is named for the Amtrak route Laura took while moving from Portland, Oregon to New York City in the summer of 2014, after deciding to enter graduate school, to move away from a supportive community, a close-knit family and her long-time boyfriend. Out of her comfort zone, she found even more of a challenge than she’d envisioned. Immediately upon arrival, she broke her foot and barely left her 5th floor apartment for the first two months. Then, on March 26th, 2015, her East Village building burned to the ground in a horrific gas explosion which killed two people and left many homeless.

Gibson escaped from her apartment unharmed, but lost everything: all identification, eyeglasses, musical instruments, years of notebooks and every word she had written in response to her move. She spent the next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends' couches and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while rewriting the lyrics she'd lost. A financial recovery was made possible with help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and strangers. It's no surprise that Empire Builder stands as her most personal record to date.

Laura Gibson reveals video for "Two Kids", US tour dates 20 Sep 2016

Today Laura Gibson shares a video for her track "Two Kids." The video was directed by Ben Fee, who's created videos for Band of Horses, the Lumineers, Sally Fields and A$AP Rocky among others. He notes, "I wanted something that's very literal, abstract and weird at the same time... Laura's music has always been emotionally complex-driven with momentum and mood into very unique places. So I felt our video should be as complex and multi-layered as her music."

"Two Kids" premiered via Ghettoblaster Magazine, and Laura told the magazine "'Two Kids' arose from a challenge I gave myself: to write a love song that was the pure 'I'll lose myself for you' kind of love song. Every song I've ever written has something to do with love, but generally it's the difficulty of love I feel compelled to explore. Writing about myself, a women, in this particular moment and culture, I found I was shying away from those love sentiments that might be taken needy or weak or co-dependent, avoiding wide-eyed naivety, and always writing from the perspective of wise observer. But that feeling, 'I would give up everything for this person' is a real thing, isn't it?" You can read the full Q&A here.


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Empire Builder

“The Cause”

VIDEOS:Not Harmless”   “Two Kids

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Little Red Riding Hood

La Grande

“La Grande”

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