Little Scream arrives in London shortly after her latest album, ‘Cult Following’, hits the streets.
The musician, born Laurel Sprengelmeyer, performs songs from her second LP and its predecessor, ‘The Gold Record’, at Sebright Arms on 5 July.
Preceded by the single ‘Love as a Weapon’, ‘Cult Following’ is a collaboration between Sprengelmeyer and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Featuring guests like Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Sharon Van Etten, and Owen Pallett, the album was inspired by a visit to a friend in northern Brazil.
“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,” says Sprengelmeyer of the intentional community that was on the verge of becoming a cult.
“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.”
The result is an album influenced by the likes of Tracey Thorn, Tina Turner, and The Beatles circa 1968.
“The first record was a ‘bedroom adventure,’ as in, songs you write in your bedroom without a real consciousness of them ever being public,” she says. “With this record, I was really engaged with what it meant to be a ‘songwriter’ and performer, and pushed myself to go further on all fronts.”
‘Cult Following’ is released digitally on 6 May and physically on 3 June 2016.