Orchestral strings flush Laura Stevenson’s latest album, The Big Freeze, with an enchanting warmth at odds with the record’s title. It references one of the ways the universe may end—expanding until it can’t anymore, leaving behind darkness and cold. Stevenson accepts the possibility of this fate while looking hopefully at what may happen in between. Her voice, clear and trilling, holds center stage as it flows through the record, detailing loneliness, yearning and self-reckoning. She’s touring with Adult Mom, and in celebration, the two exchanged covers. Stevenson took on Adult Mom’s “Survival,” and they tackled her “Dermatillomania.” Adult Mom’s Stevie Knipe will open their Athens show with a solo set.
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