“I can’t hold back anymore. What I write is my truth and an extension of myself. I’ve finally come to terms with who I am,” says singer-songwriter Lauren Waller, a captivating artist who exudes a darkly glamorous soulfulness.
Lauren’s artist arc has been profound. She’s journeyed from shackling shyness as a teen, stealthily writing songs, singing, and performing in private, unbeknownst to her family, to morphing into an indie pop siren with a sleek and sensual pop sensibility. Her latest EP is the high watermark release, no names here, a stunning collection of cinematic pop songs. Next up for Lauren? A collection of 3 singles showcasing her growth as a songwriter, singer, and artist.
“It’s been sort of shocking how much I’ve changed once I started writing my own music. It helped me discover who I am as a performer and as a person,” Lauren shares.
The Los Angeles-based artist bridges the divide between 1980s dark wave and modern electro-textured indie pop. Her aesthetic also encompasses the jagged artiness of alternative rock, embers of the smoldering expressiveness of R&B, the confessional and poetic intimacy of the singer-songwriter idiom, and the thrilling satisfaction of modern pop. Her soulful pop has earned her favorable comparisons to Lorde, Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Adele, and Ingrid Michaelson. To date, Lauren has released two EPs, and garnered press accolades from New Music Express, Young Hollywood, A&R Worldwide, Music Existence, Coming Up Magazine, The Spotlight, All Access Music, and EliteMuzik, Independent Artist Buzz, Kurrent Music, Vents Magazine, among other outlets. Select performance highlights from Lauren’s resume include performing on RTE, Ireland’s National Television, at the International Rose of Tralee Festival, and appearances at the iconic Viper Room and the esteemed tastemaking club The Hotel Café and most recently opening for the renowned Missing Persons at The Canyon.
Lauren grew up in a supportive creative environment. Her father was a hobbyist rock musician with an actively gigging band, but Lauren was fiercely private about her music, exploring it outside the house and clandestinely in her room. At 17, however, Lauren made this private journey public and began performing with her father’s band, opening for established artists such as Helen Reddy, the Fixx, and Berlin, feat Terri Nunn. A year later, Lauren went from performing cover songs to penning the original material that would appear on her debut EP. She continued to write music while attending Pepperdine University where she explored her range of artistic talents, studying stage-management and working on numerous plays.
Her latest EP—her second overall— no names here, blurs the line between the observational and the personal. Themes of relationships course through the five-song EP, and, in tone and lyrical content, Lauren expresses raw truths without feeling the need to tilt narratives in the way of happy endings. no names here is rife with stunning songs that whisk the listener away to sensual sonic hemispheres replete with dizzying sensual vocals, undeniable pop hooks, and sleek electro-tinged atmospherics.
This new collection of singles follows similar tones of mystery and edge, but now Lauren is embracing the voices, accepting lost love, and playfully toying with the object of her affections. “Sunshine” is a blend of melancholic keys, sleek vocals, and aching love. According to Lauren, “Sunshine” is her first attempt at a genuine love song. With lonely piano and haunting synths, she finds a way to blend dark pop and love songs. “I didn’t want to give up my darker, more mysterious sound and storytelling just to write a happy song,” she says of the song. “Can’t See” is where Lauren owns her failed relationships, but let’s traces of angst out with strong vocals and emotive lyrics. Finally, the sweetly sinister, “Soulmates,” is a blend of dark images and quirky dance beats.
Here, Lauren utilizes the nuances and character in her voice to toy with the object of her affections in a way that puts the listener on edge. “This song is for anyone who felt like they were literally going crazy because of the way they loved someone and vice versa.”
These singles mark a stepping stone in Lauren’s arc as a growing writer and singer; Lauren’s entering this enlightened era with both confidence and swagger.
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