Premiere: Lauren O’Connell New EP – ‘Details’ Stream

Lauren O’Connell has recorded songs in sparse rooms across the American coasts – it’s all she has ever known. Capturing musings from her frigid Upstate NY hometown to a quiet, rural home of musicians in the grassy outskirts of Sonoma, to a bustling corner San Francisco apartment with the Golden Gate tenuously discernible in the hazy distance.

After 4 years kept hush, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lauren O’Connell returns with ‘Details’ to be self-released February 9th, 2018 – an album as ambitious as it is strident in its solitary ruminations on love lost and circadian bloom. Details marks a striking shift from O’Connell’s humble beginnings of home-recorded bowed banjo and percussive clangs of books and pans, to expansively twangy rock atmospheres and heart-shaking words sung with blistering stoicism – “It was the year of the hole in my chest, writing appeals with everything I had left”. Within the album’s tender honesty you can hear the unravelings of gritty guitars and jeopardous confessions: “Guilt is gonna eat you alive, guilt is gonna shred you with wild abandon if you stay awake”.

“Today I’m releasing a pretty sad album. I usually avoid saying too much about the content of my songs, for fear of ruining their
mystique, spoiling what they mean to someone else, or compromising my own confusing commitment to personal privacy in spite of the fact that I overshare for a living. However with this album and this particular moment in my life, I feel compelled to step outside of that for a minute.” – Lauren