On her 12th album, Portland singer Laura Veirs picks up the pieces after her divorce and a crisis of artistic identity and confidence. Found Light follows her separation from husband and long-time producer Tucker Martine and a period of turmoil which left her wondering if she'd ever make music again.

The answer comes in these well-crafted songs (with guests including Sam Amidon and Karl Blau) which may have a spooked and otherworldly quality but brim with newfound confidence.

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Always a gifted lyricist, Weirs sounds like a more optimistic Emily Dickinson on Sword Song ("a skeleton in black armour comes riding on a white horse") but the stark, repeated guitar strum ends with determination ("I’m turning my sword into a flower").

She makes a real virtue of simplicity throughout Found Light’s exploration of spectral acoustics, modulated electronics, and more abstract, pastoral and painterly moods.

With its strange polyrhythms, Eucalyptus echoes Joni Mitchell’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns, T & O, a touching tribute her sons ("the sunbeams of the house"), summons up pale saint Nick Drake, and closing track Winter Windows cranks up the fuzzed-out guitars to grand effect.

An album that celebrates the joy of rediscovering yourself.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2