"Cult Following" by Little Scream on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The sophomore album by Laurel Sprengelmeyer (a.k.a. Little Scream) works in mysterious ways. Sparked in part by the Montrealer’s past experience as a Jehovah’s Witness, Cult Following will overcome you in ways both spiritual (the country lullaby “Evan” and “Wreckage,” with its spare harmonics, reckon with devoutness and its aftermath) and physical (the transcendent funk of the sinewy “Love as a Weapon” commands thee to dance). Lush, textured backdrops mirror the lyrics’ layered epiphanies. She’s not a cult leader, but Sprengelmeyer’s music inspires fierce devotion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The sophomore album by Laurel Sprengelmeyer (a.k.a. Little Scream) works in mysterious ways. Sparked in part by the Montrealer’s past experience as a Jehovah’s Witness, Cult Following will overcome you in ways both spiritual (the country lullaby “Evan” and “Wreckage,” with its spare harmonics, reckon with devoutness and its aftermath) and physical (the transcendent funk of the sinewy “Love as a Weapon” commands thee to dance). Lush, textured backdrops mirror the lyrics’ layered epiphanies. She’s not a cult leader, but Sprengelmeyer’s music inspires fierce devotion.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

8 Ratings

cult following

jdubuquer,

love as a weapon shoots me up but I want more now...can't wait for release

Wow

Warebare,

How is this album not more popular. I actually heard of it on NPR on a music review there and immediately searched it up. Searched r/mu for it too and only found traces. There is real sound in these songs, not some chump like Drake talking into a microphone instead of singing with real emotion.

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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