PHOTO CREDIT : CHRISTOPHER WAHL
Today, Little Scream debuts “Dark Dance”, the latest track from her forthcoming second album, Cult Following, availableMay 6 on Dine Alone Records in Canada. Alongside the previously released “Love As A Weapon”, “Dark Dance” marks one of the album's most overtly pop moments: an '80s-influenced dance song vaguely inspired by Leonard Cohen's “I Can't Forget” and Margaret Atwood.
Describing the track's origins to DIY, Laurel Sprengelmeyer (aka Little Scream), says, "one night I found myself dancing alone down an alleyway, singing in the dark. The further I walked down it, the further I sunk into my memory until I felt like I might actually step into my past when I emerged on the other side. This song was born there, it starts in the present and each verse moves further into the past. The main loop in the song is from an iPhone recording I made -- it's a very lo-fi gentle thing that I got really attached to, everything else was built around it."
“Dark Dance” follows in the footsteps of the previously unveiled “Someone Will Notice” in all its emotional heft, and “The Kissing”, which features a guest appearance from TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone as the voice of a Magic 8-Ball with the power to give eerily specific answers.
In addition to Malone, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron and Bryce Dessner from The National, and Owen Pallett all make guest appearances on this album, but the world they inhabit is entirely Little Scream’s. Her voice acts as a tour guide through lush sonic landscapes carefully constructed with her creative partner, Arcade Fire’sRichard Reed Parry.
Cult Following is available for pre-order now on CD and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl in the Dine Alone store, and digitally via iTunes. Little Scream will tour North America with Land Of Talk in May, with even more dates coming soon including a UK run planned for this summer.
LITTLE SCREAM ON TOUR
May 11 - Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount %
May 12 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace %
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right %
May 15 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom %
Jul 7–9 - Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive 2016
Jul 22 - New York, NY – Panorama Music and Arts Festival
Jul 22–24 - Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Jul 29 – 31 – Sackville, NB - Sappy Fest
Aug 12–13 - Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
% w/ Land of Talk