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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.”

Customer Reviews

Whispering vocals

Don't like the songs where the band seems to record them in an empty warehouse. Sounds are hallow and empty. A few songs I did like were Red Hunting Jacket and People and Place.The rest are not so good.

Amazingly awesome

I love this album! It makes you kinda wanta sit down and sway to the beat. The nature of most the songs are soo relaxing. I can't express how much I love these songs. Especially guyageros and black cloud. :D


this album is positively beautiful!
i saw her live recently and she blew me away. she was flawless and extremely charismatic. my favourite song has to be 'the heron and the fox'. i've recommended this album to all of my friends! such a great album.


Formed: Montreal, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

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...
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