Lauren Balthrop Releases 'This Time Around'
Alabama grown, New York tested, and Nashville planted - Lauren Balthropquiets even the loudest room. Her debut album, This Time Around, is out today and is beguiling in its honesty, rich in dark sonic beauty and above all, devilishly playful.
The album has gained praise from Paste, Stereogum, Under The Radar, Wide Open Country, Nashville Living and more. Produced by Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, Craig Finn), This Time Around and chronicles the story of an uprooted soul. Feeling spun out of orbit, tumbling, accidents, and loss of control are recurring themes yet Balthrop finds solace in the chaos of love. Each track on the album oscillates between the moodiness of experimental dark folk instrumentation, and the levity of Balthrop's crystal-fueled voice.
Throughout the summer, Balthrop spoon-fed the release with videos for protest-turned love-song "Down", dulcet "Don't Ever Forget" and the enticing "Come Around".
With Balthrop at the helm, This Time Around features an all-star cast with Peter Lalish (Lucius, Uni Ika Ai) on guitar, Jason Lawrence on drums (Jesse Marchant, The Building), Josh Kaufman on bass, Karen Waltuch (Wilco) on strings, Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth & the Catapult) on backing vocals, Annie Nero (A. Nero) on backing vocals, Lucas Madrazo (Inland Traveler) on backing vocals, Maia Friedman (Uni Ika Ai) on backing vocals and Tom Krueger on backing vocals.
Lauren will be performing in Boston this weekend and again in October, also hitting her native state next week and Lafayette, LA in about a month. Catch a glimpse of her stage performance with the recent Paste Live Studio Session and expect more dates to be added through the rest of the year.