Outside Music to release Little Scream’s The Golden Record. Download “The Heron and the Fox”. On Tour with Sharon Van Etten this spring.

Outside Music to release Little Scream’s The Golden Record. Download “The Heron and the Fox”. On Tour with Sharon Van Etten this spring.

Toronto — Little Scream’s music is – as her moniker suggests — full of contradictions. It is at once both familiar and foreign. The title of Little Scream’s debut full length, The Golden Record, references this very juxtaposition. In 1977, the Voyager Space shuttle launched into space with a time capsule recording of sounds, language and music intended to represent Earth for, as Little Scream says, “some form of sentience that might intercept it in the distant future when we are the distant past.”

Nowhere is the contrast more present than in two of The Golden Record’s standout tracks. “Cannons” conjures visions of “receiving signals” and “painting portals through space” over celestial echoes and otherworldly buzzes, “The Heron and the Fox” (MP3) recalls a more terrestrial sound while recounting an intense yearning and lamentation of a truck driver’s salad days through a quiet, painful present.

Now living in Montreal, Little Scream, aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer was born in Iowa and raised along the Mississippi River in an “Addams Family meets 700 Club” home where she learned violin and piano as a child. “When my parents divorced, all my mom got out of the deal was a green Chevy pick-up truck. When that truck was dented up in an accident, my mom used the insurance money to bring home a Washburn banjo and the black Fender La Brae I still sometimes play at shows. I spent the following months locked away in our root cellar learning guitar tablature.”

Co-produced with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), The Golden Record features Little Scream on guitar, vocals, violin, and keyboard. In typical Montreal fashion, it showcases a cast of local talent including Richard Parry, Mike Feuerstack (Snailhouse), Becky Foon (Silver Mt. Zion), Patty McGee (Stars), and Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre). The National’s Aaron Dessner also contributed on “The Heron and the Fox”. It was recorded at City Hall, Montreal and Aaron’s Garage, New York in 2009/2010.

The Golden Record will be released by Outside Music on April 12th, 2011.

The Golden Record:
1. The Lamb
2. Cannons
3. The Heron and the Fox
4. Your Radio
5. Black Cloud
6. Guyegaros
7. Boatman
8. People is Place
9. Red Hunting Jacket
10. Hallowed

Little Scream will be on tour this spring with Julie Doiron, Plants and Animals and Sharon Van Etten and will appear at SXSW at the Secretly Canadian showcase, among others (details are forthcoming).

Tour dates:
02/01/11 Kingston ON, Grad Club (w/ Julie Doiron)
02/02/11 Peterborough ON, Red Dog (w/ Julie Doiron)
02/03/11 Toronto ON, Horseshoe Tavern (w/ Julie Doiron)
02/04/11 Ottawa ON, Mavericks (w/ Julie Doiron)
03/10/11 Toronto ON, CMW Sirius and Billions showcase at The Opera House
03/11/11 Montreal QC, Le National (w/ Plants and Animals)
03/12/11 Québec, Québec, Le Cercle (w/ Plants and Animals)
03/16-20/11 Austin TX, SXSW
03/22/11 Tucson, AZ, Solar Culture (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/23/11 Phoenix AZ, the Rhythm Room (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/24/11 San Diego CA, Soda Bar (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/25/11 Los Angeles CA, The Satellite (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/26/11 Costa Mesa CA, Detroit Bar (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/27/11 San Francisco CA, The Bottom of the Hill (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/29/11 Vancouver BC, The Media Club (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
03/30/11 Portland OR, Doug Fir (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/01/11 Boise ID, Neurolux (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/02/11 Salt lake City UT, The State Room (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/03/11 Denver, CO, The Walnut Room (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/04/11 Omaha NB, Slowdown (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/06/11 Minneapolis MN, The Cedar Cultural Centre (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/07/11 Milwaukee WI, The Pabst Theater (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/08/11 Madison, WI: The Rathskellar (w/Sharon Van Etten)
04/09/11 Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/10/11 Cleveland OH, Beachland Tavern (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/12/11 Toronto ON, The Drake Hotel (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/13/11 Montreal QC, Casa Del Popolo (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/14/11 Boston MA, Brighton Music Hall (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
04/17/11 Washington DC, The Red Palace (w/ Sharon Van Etten)

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