PHOTO CREDIT : CHRISTOPHER WAHL
Today, Little Scream shares a dark and epic track from her upcoming album, Cult Following, which will be in stores on May 6 via Dine Alone Records in Canada. Showcasing a heavier, more atmospheric side of the record than the hit single “Love As A Weapon”, which PopMatters described as “a bright, shiny jolt of dance-pop heaven,” “Someone Will Notice” is a song catalyzed by the suicide of a small-town Canadian teenage girl and the cruelty of faceless Internet culture. It paints a picture of desolate loneliness, ending in a transcendent escape fantasy. Arranged and performed with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry on guitar and synths and Jeremy Gara on drums, “Someone Will Notice” reveals the powerfully empathic sensitivity and emotional heft behind this stunning new album.
Little Scream, a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer, says she began conceiving of Cult Following while visiting a friend in a small intentional community in northern Brazil that was on the verge of becoming a cult. “People were running around reading auras, interpreting each other’s dreams, and ‘living on light’ instead of eating—which was as compelling as it was absurd. I became very aware of the entropy of belief. You could feel the magnetism of ideas take shape and pull people into their center like a black hole... a thing so filled with light that its own gravity means that none of it can escape.” That experience laid the groundwork for Cult Following, a lush, expansive, retro-leaning gem.
With nods to Tina Turner, Tracey Thorn, and White Album-era Beatles, Cult Following ambitiously straddles intimate fragility with bombastic dance floor ready songs. It stuffs glorious eras of art pop into a weird modern package—a far more extroverted expansion of the cinematic landscapes and themes from Little Scream’s previous album.
Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron and Bryce Dessner from the National, Owen Pallett, and Kyp Malone 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, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).
Cult Following is available for preorder now on CD and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl in the Dine Alone store, and digitally via iTunes. Little Scream will tour with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down in April and Land of Talk in May, with even more live dates coming soon.
CULT FOLLOWING TRACKLIST
01 Welcome To The Brain
02 Love As A Weapon
03 Dark Dance
04 Introduction To Evan
07 The Kissing
08 Wishing Well
10 Someone Will Notice
11 Silent Moon
12 Goodbye Every Body
LITTLE SCREAM TOUR DATES
Apr 9 - Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall ^
Apr 11 - South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
Apr 12 - Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ^
Apr 13 - New York, NY – Webster Hall ^
Apr 14 - Hamden, CT – The Space w/ Yuck
Apr 15 - Washington, DC – 9:30 Club ^
Apr 16 - Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts ^
Apr 17 - Richmond, VA – The Broadberry ^
Apr 18 - Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle ^
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 - Sappyfest
Aug 12–13 - Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
^ w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
% w/ Land of Talk
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