Good Movie became a local success, earning Laswell a contract with Vanguard Records
in the process. He signed with the label and released a sophomore album, Through Toledo, in 2006. The album had been written and recorded during Laswell's divorce from his first wife, and its promising sound -- wistful, somber, but tuneful nonetheless -- earned him a spot on the Hotel Cafe
's European tour. While touring in early 2008, he released an EP titled How the Day Sounds and readied himself for the arrival of his third album, Three Flights from Alto Nido, which appeared that summer. Around this time Laswell's songs began appearing in films (Friends with Benefits, My Sister's Keeper) and television series (Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy). A Covers EP arrived in 2009, followed by the full-length Take a Bow in May 2010.
Laswell issued his fourth outing, Landline, in 2012. Recorded in an old church/home studio in eastern Maine, Landline featured guest vocals from Sara Bareilles
, Ingrid Michaelson
, and Elizabeth Ziman. For 2014's I Was Going to Be an Astronaut, he re-recorded ten songs from his catalog and included a cover of "It's a Wonderful Life" in memory of its composer, Sparklehorse
's Mark Linkous. Returning in early 2016, Laswell delivered Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet, his seventh LP and first set of new songs since 2012. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi