FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 30
OAKLAND, CA (September 28, 2020) – Lauren Hulbert announces the release of the upcoming EP, Superbloom, due out October 30. The EP sonically reflects the range of emotions that occur through a variety of relationships and life experiences. The emotions range from hopeful sweetness, grief and longing, unbridled freedom, and restrained rage.
The single, “Gone in One” exudes strength, resilience and vulnerability found both in both the midst and aftermath of an unhealthy relationship. Gritty determination permeates while a seamless instrumental tug of war introduces the reflexive moving forward and feeling pulled back. The second single off the EP, “Honeydew” represents the other range of emotion with the light-hearted, sweet melodic journey expressing the joy and magic of opening up to pure love. Twinkling synths draw the imagination into full bloom while jingle bells shower the listener into euphoria.
Superbloom was inspired not only by the sound of the EP itself but also by Hulbert blooming back to life; following a dangerous foot injury while on a surf trip in Indonesia, she was practically immobile for six months and it was unclear if she’d ever be able to walk again. While the music for this EP didn’t come from the injury, it was a very dark time for her – life, as she knew it, had ended, and her artistic momentum was devastatingly quelled. Fortunately, over a year later, she has healed and credits the experience as terrifying but ultimately beneficial – one that allowed her to reassess her life, align with what’s important and has made her all the more grateful for health and opportunity – and to be performing and sharing her music again.
Superbloom Track Listing
- Gone in One
- Calling Out to You
About Lauren Hulbert
The Oakland, California singer-songwriter has lived worldwide- from East Coast to West Coast, and Thailand to Ecuador. Her dreamy vocals have been leaving audiences breathless for years, enchanting listeners with her warm, winsome, highly personal combination of folk, alternative country-rock, and atmospheric semi-acoustic pop. The singer has a diversified palate: while she is currently a folk-pop artist, she began competing in Bach and classical festivals as a kid. She can switch back and forth between her classically trained piano skills or self-taught guitar expertise easily. Her favorite lyrical subject is the human condition; she finds inspiration in every feeling, emotion, and situation to create lyrically dense and bona fide tracks. It’s important for Lauren to vocalize and visualize her experiences and hardships into muses to build connections and heal others.
Praise for Lauren Hulbert
“With this breezy part picked / part strummed guitar acting as chief accompaniment, Lauren’s vocal is the thing that catches you, her voice as beautiful and clear as the melody is runs over. as it unfurls, so splashes of synth and this simple drum pattern join, but nothing gets in the way of the beautiful and hopeful sentiment of the track.” Backseat Mafia
“Superbloom EP’s latest single is the Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea-era PJ Harvey-like “Gone in One.” is centered around jangling guitars, propulsive and shuffling drumming, subtle Flamenco handicapping and Hulbert’s expressive vocals within an alternating quiet, loud, quiet song structure.” – Joy of Violent Movement
“a striking song with thought provoking lyrics, determined vocals and a distinctive musical arrangement” – Beehive Candy