LITTLE SCREAM STREAMS AND PERFORMS ‘CULT FOLLOWING’ LIVE AHEAD OF RELEASE DATE
CULT FOLLOWING SET FOR RELEASE ON MAY 6 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS
TOUR DATES WITH LAND OF TALK BEGIN MAY 11
With only a week left until the release of her upcoming album, Cult Following, Little Scream is revealing her performance of the record from CBC’s First Play Live and sharing a stream of the studio version of the album via CBC’s First Play. On May 11, Little Scream will bring that same performance to the stage throughout North America with a string of tour dates supported by Land Of Talk.
Set for release on May 6 via Dine Alone Records, Cult Following 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 on the album, 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 Following ambitiously 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.”
Cult Following is available for pre-order now on CD and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl in the Dine Alone store, and digitally via iTunes. Little Scream will tour North America with Land Of Talk in May, with even more dates coming soon including a UK run planned for this summer and stops at Vancouver Folk Festival, WayHome Music & Arts Festival and Sappy Fest.
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
July 15-17 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Festival
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/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
% w/ Land of Talk