Little Scream’s Cult Following LP out now!
Little Scream’s critically lauded album, Cult Following, is out now! The record sees 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, 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).
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 Followingambitiously 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.
Sprengelmeyer elaborates: “The first record was a ‘bedroom adventure,’ as in, songs you write in your bedroom without a real consciousness of them ever being public. 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.”
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 15-17 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Fest
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