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The Golden Record

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The Lamb
3:38  
02
Cannons
3:49  
03
The Heron And The Fox
5:03  
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Your Radio
5:14  
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Black Cloud
5:07  
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Guyegaros
4:22  
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Boatman
3:33  
08
People Is Place
4:35  
09
Red Hunting Jacket
4:04  
10
Hallowed
7:19  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 46:44

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Who Is…Little Scream

By Rachael Maddux, Contributor

Laurel Sprengelmeyer, who makes music as Little Scream, named her debut album The Golden Record — which might seem like an act of hubris if you think she means the kind that get framed and hung behind the desks of smug label executives. Fortunately, Sprengelmeyer was thinking more along the lines of the gold phonograph record that was bundled into the Voyager spacecraft in 1977, which bore in its grooves a Carl Sagan-approved playlist of… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The Golden Record opens with an ethereal, echoing melody that sounds as though it’s being sung from the altar of a cathedral. An acoustic guitar slowly enters the mix, then the distant thump of a kickdrum, followed by background harmonies and a hazy, watercolor swirl of orchestral instruments. The rest of Little Scream’s debut follows suit, flitting between scaled-down folk music and lush, widescreen panoramas of sound. Recorded in Montreal with a host of local hotshots — most notably Richard Parry, who shares production credit with Little Scream herself — The Golden Record approaches its loudest moments like an artsy Arcade Fire, adding acoustic instruments and scant, repetitive riffs into a towering jumble of chamber pop. “Guyegaros,” with its half-spoken/half-sung verses and haunting dobro riffs, belongs in Quentin Tarantino’s next spaghetti western, and “Your Radio” rides a steady crescendo of shoegaze guitars and choir vocals for five full minutes, eventually dissolving into a cacophony of drums. On the quieter numbers, Little Scream transforms herself into a first-rate folksinger, crooning her way through pastoral ballads like “The Heron and the Fox” and filling “Black Cloud” with whistles, strings, and an unexpected minor-key bridge. Nothing is “normal” on The Golden Record — the songs are poked, prodded, and turned on their head at random intervals — but everything sounds gorgeous, from Little Scream’s hazy warble to the two minutes of rainfall, audible rush-hour traffic, and wind chimes that end the album. This is an absolute beast of a debut. – Andrew Leahey

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