10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Golden Record is the knockout debut by Laurel Sprengelmeyer who sings, writes the songs, and plays guitar, violin, piano, and synths under the moniker Little Scream. Together with the Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry, who co-produces and plays multiple instruments, they create a sonic universe filled with inventive arrangements, lushly textured instrumentation, and powerful songs. Adventurous chamber pop, dreamy, reverb-laden folk, and indie rock are all represented but in forms that blur the boundaries of each genre. Each track has its own identity or defining feature that sets it apart. Two examples among many: the way the hushed melody of “People of Place” drifts into the beginning of “Red Hunting Jacket” before erupting unexpectedly into a joyous piano riff and rocking chorus, and the way in which the dynamic “Boatman” careens between violin trills and crashing percussion. Her vocals are gorgeous throughout. She sings tenderly and softly on the sublime acoustic ballad “The Heron and the Fox,” emotes forcefully on “Cannons,” and artfully becomes part of the swirling atmosphere on the spacious, dreamy “Black Cloud” and “Guyegaros.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Golden Record is the knockout debut by Laurel Sprengelmeyer who sings, writes the songs, and plays guitar, violin, piano, and synths under the moniker Little Scream. Together with the Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry, who co-produces and plays multiple instruments, they create a sonic universe filled with inventive arrangements, lushly textured instrumentation, and powerful songs. Adventurous chamber pop, dreamy, reverb-laden folk, and indie rock are all represented but in forms that blur the boundaries of each genre. Each track has its own identity or defining feature that sets it apart. Two examples among many: the way the hushed melody of “People of Place” drifts into the beginning of “Red Hunting Jacket” before erupting unexpectedly into a joyous piano riff and rocking chorus, and the way in which the dynamic “Boatman” careens between violin trills and crashing percussion. Her vocals are gorgeous throughout. She sings tenderly and softly on the sublime acoustic ballad “The Heron and the Fox,” emotes forcefully on “Cannons,” and artfully becomes part of the swirling atmosphere on the spacious, dreamy “Black Cloud” and “Guyegaros.”

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About Little Scream

Delivering her own brand of ambitious, grand-scale indie pop, Little Scream is the stage name of vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Laurel Sprengelmeyer. Born in Iowa, Sprengelmeyer spent her formative years in the United States before relocating to Canada, where she became a key figure in Montreal’s indie music scene. Rechristening herself “Little Scream” she started writing songs that vacillated between intimate folk and cinematic rock, creating a unique sound that earned her comparisons to Orenda Fink and Leslie Feist. Little Scream's buzz quickly grew, resulting in a record contract with Secretly Canadian and the approval of local acts like Stars, Arcade Fire, and Bell Orchestre. Members from all three bands lent their help to her full-length debut album, The Golden Record, which was released in early 2011 to strong reviews. Little Scream toured extensively following the album's release, but it was several years before she released her follow-up. After signing with Merge Records in early 2016, Little Scream released her long-awaited sophomore effort, Cult Following. Featuring guest appearances by Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of the National, and Mary Margaret O’Hara, Cult Following was released in May 2016. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Canada

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