LITTLE SCREAM HITS A GROOVE ON LATEST SINGLE FROM SPEED QUEEN, “STILL LIFE”

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Speed Queen is the title of Little Scream’s new album, set to arrive on October 25. It’s a record that Little Scream (a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer) says is about observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”

Today, Little Scream shares a slice of escapism from the record, the gently grooving “Still Life”, which paints a picture of “complicated chaos” and “a sophisticated daydream.”

Little Scream on the song and finding personal catharsis:

“Much of my new record Speed Queen touches on class, poverty, and politics. But there are a few exceptions, and all of these exceptions have one thing in common—they all reference painting. I guess painting is my “happy place,” and the thing that gave me a break from the other heavy subject matter. ‘Still Life’ is a song that grew out of a fragment Mike Feuerstack had started and shared with me. I had just been discussing that Manet painting Un bar aux Folies Bergère, and I finished writing the song with the unrequited longing that painting has always inspired in me.

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“Still Life” follows Speed Queen’s first single “Dear Leader” and its powerful, star-studded lyric video featuring cameos from The National, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Holly Miranda, Leif Vollebekk, Mélissa Laveaux, and more. Speed Queen is available to pre-order today from Dine Alone Records on CD and Vinyl.


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MORE ABOUT SPEED QUEEN

On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring her last album across North America. The title, which alludes to the opiate crisis, actually refers to a washing machine. Little Scream says, “When you’re struggling, nothing says you’ve made it more than getting your own washing machine. Speed Queen is about the dream of making it, and feeling desperately close but missing it.”

The album is gently accusatory. She doesn’t let herself or any of her listeners off the hook. In “Privileged Child”, she reminds wealthy people who like to adopt the style of the poor and working class that “poverty’s a feeling money just can’t buy.” On “Dear Leader,” she reminds those opposing migration that “when the waters rise, it’s gonna be you, Miami,” warning them that when they’re needing help, “…you will ask your God, but he’ll be busy getting risen, and the rich will be too busy buying stock in private prisons—that’s where they’ll send you for talking about socialism.” The biting commentary served with a sense of humor softens its presentation but doesn’t detract from its power. This is a theme throughout Speed Queen, where humor and warm heartedness prevail despite some of the darker subjects touched upon. 

Montreal-based songwriter and guitarist Laurel Sprengelmeyer has been playing music under the moniker Little Scream since 2008. In 2011, she released The Golden Record, which Pitchfork dubbed “a stellar debut” and NPR called “an absolutely captivating record.” It was included in NPR’s Best Albums of 2011 list, and the New York Times evoked its “hints of the divine,” including Little Scream as one of the best new acts to follow at SXSW. Her second album Cult Following, which features guests including Sufjan Stevens, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Sharon Van Etten, earned Little Scream new band of the week status from The Guardian and received five stars from Bust Magazine. Cult Following included the catchy Prince-inspired single “Love As A Weapon” which, according to the liner notes, she and her sister hoped would buy their mom, a cleaning woman in Illinois, “unlimited gift certificates to the Red Lobster.”

Since the release of Cult Following, Little Scream has stayed busy as a member of Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River of Dust, touring with and co-writing songs from the albums Vol. 1: This Side of the River and Vol. 2: That Side of the River. A natural collaborator, she has appeared as a vocalist and/or guitarist on recordings for The National, The Barr Brothers, Will Butler, and Saltland, among others. She has appeared on two Red Hot compilations as well as charity singles to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Standing Rock. 

Speed Queen release shows will be announced shortly. 

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SPEED QUEEN TRACKLIST
01 Dear Leader
02 One Lost Time
03 Switchblade
04 Disco Ball
05 Still Life
06 Forces Of Spring
07 No More Saturday Night
08 Speed Queen
09 Don’t Wait For It
10 Privileged Child

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LITTLE SCREAM ANNOUNCES NEW LP, SHARES NEW VIDEO

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Speed Queen marks the return of Little Scream (a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer). Her followup to 2016’s Cult Following arrives October 25 via Dine Alone Records is available to pre-order now. Today, CBC Music is sharing the lyric video for Speed Queen’s all-too-real opening song “Dear Leader”, featuring cameos from The National, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Holly Miranda, Leif Vollebekk, Mélissa Laveaux, and more.

“This is a lyric video made up largely from crowd-sourced submissions from friends around the world, from São Paulo, Paris, and Barcelona to Des Moines, all shot on a phone,” says Sprengelmeyer. “Many artists are pictured, but many are people I encountered while working on the video with documentary filmmaker Shannon Walsh. She and I approached people on the street and heard many interesting stories along the way, from the native man from Bella Bella who told us about being told to “go back to where you came from” (he jumped and replied, “I’m here”), to a man paying homage to lost friends at the AIDS memorial at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, to a group of young people returning from a rally to support LGBTQIA rights. 

Much of the protest footage was shot by Shannon herself while in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement protests of 2014. 

WATCH AND SHARE “DEAR LEADER” HERE VIA CBC MUSIC

I would like to use the launch of this video to raise awareness about the 1000 Cities initiative—something being spearheaded by musician and environmentalist Becky Foon (pictured in the video) and Jesse Paris Smith. It’s a simple concept with a powerful message: If 1000 cities around the world adopt Paris climate accord standards, the world can still meet its global emissions targets. The idea is not to just sign a petition, but to get involved in supporting and advocating for zero-emissions targets with specific timeline commitments in our own cities and communities. It’s a way of empowering all of us to be part of reversing climate change.”

MORE ON SPEED QUEEN

On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring her last album across North America – observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”

 The title, which alludes to the opiate crisis, actually refers to a washing machine. Little Scream says, “When you’re struggling, nothing says you’ve made it more than getting your own washing machine. Speed Queen is about the dream of making it, and feeling desperately close but missing it.”

 The album is gently accusatory. She doesn’t let herself or any of her listeners off the hook. In “Privileged Child”, she reminds wealthy people who like to adopt the style of the poor and working class that “poverty’s a feeling money just can’t buy.” On “Dear Leader,” she reminds those opposing migration that “when the waters rise, it’s gonna be you, Miami,” warning them that when they’re needing help, “…you will ask your God, but he’ll be busy getting risen, and the rich will be too busy buying stock in private prisons—that’s where they’ll send you for talking about socialism.” The biting commentary served with a sense of humor softens its presentation but doesn’t detract from its power. This is a theme throughout Speed Queen, where humor and warm heartedness prevail despite some of the darker subjects touched upon. 

Montreal-based songwriter and guitarist Laurel Sprengelmeyer has been playing music under the moniker Little Scream since 2008. In 2011, she released The Golden Record, which Pitchfork dubbed “a stellar debut” and NPR called “an absolutely captivating record.” It was included in NPR’s Best Albums of 2011 list, and the New York Times evoked its “hints of the divine,” including Little Scream as one of the best new acts to follow at SXSW. Her second album Cult Following, which features guests including Sufjan Stevens, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Sharon Van Etten, earned Little Scream new band of the week status from The Guardian and received five stars from Bust Magazine. Cult Following included the catchy Prince-inspired single “Love As A Weapon” which, according to the liner notes, she and her sister hoped would buy their mom, a cleaning woman in Illinois, “unlimited gift certificates to the Red Lobster.”

Since the release of Cult Following, Little Scream has stayed busy as a member of Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River of Dust, touring with and co-writing songs from the albums Vol. 1: This Side of the River and Vol. 2: That Side of the River. A natural collaborator, she has appeared as a vocalist and/or guitarist on recordings for The National, The Barr Brothers, Will Butler, and Saltland, among others. She has appeared on two Red Hot compilations as well as charity singles to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Standing Rock. 

Speed Queen release shows will be announced shortly. 

PRE-ORDER SPEED QUEEN HERE

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SPEED QUEEN TRACKLIST
01 Dear Leader
02 One Lost Time
03 Switchblade
04 Disco Ball
05 Still Life
06 Forces Of Spring
07 No More Saturday Night
08 Speed Queen
09 Don’t Wait For It
10 Privileged Child

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LITTLE SCREAM SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “SILENT MOON”

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CULT FOLLOWING OUT NOW VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH LOCAL NATIVES CONTINUE THIS WEEK

"This is an artist in flux, in constant motion, searching for answers and finding many in her own music. There is wit as well as whimsy and wonder on Cult Following, a quirky, affecting, richly detailed album that deserves more than its title." - The Guardian

“[Little Scream] … summons up an array of landscapes roiled by clouds of emotion, storms of fury or the blue sky allure of tranquility. The music that results is a very testament to desire and endurance.” - NPR’s Fresh Air

"Bigger, bolder and wholly encompassing in its creation...Cult Following is a brand
new horizon."
- DIY

"Cult Following is beautifully orchestrated, and one of the rare records where the lavish arrangements feel fully in service of the songs, rather than like stage decoration." - Pitchfork


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Today, Little Scream (aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer) shares the stunning new video for “Silent Moon” from her album Cult Following. Directed by Kaveh Nabatian and starring underground drag queen from New Orleans Neon Burgundy, the video illustrates the longing found in the lyrics ‘Silent moon I’d like to know / Why on earth you have to go / When I need you / And I need you more/ When the day comes round’.

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Of the inspiration behind the video, Laurel says, “I started writing the song ‘Silent Moon’ while in Hong Kong working on a film script in 2014 after seeing Tsai Ming-liang’s film The Wayward Cloud. The song and video were both inspired by a scene in that film where the main character sneaks into a reservoir at night, turns into a sea creature, and sings to the moon.”

Little Scream’s North American tour with Local Natives continues this week. Full tour dates can be found below. Cult Following is available now on CD and LP from Dine Alone or from your favourite digital outlet. In addition, her protest anthem “People” can be purchased here, with all proceeds going to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Mar 21 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *
Mar 22 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *
Mar 24 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom *
Mar 25 Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre *
Mar 26 Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford *
Mar 27 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine *
Mar 29 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom *
Mar 30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *
Mar 31 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre *
Apr 03 Covington, KY – Madison Theater *
Apr 04 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *
Apr 05 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater *
Apr 07 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s *
Apr 08 Omaha, NE – Slowdown *
Apr 11 Missoula, MT – The Wilma *
Apr 12 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House *
Apr 14 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Apr 15 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
Apr 16 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will Social Club
* w/ Local Natives

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