The Golden Record
Nowhere is the Martian and sublunary contrast more present than in two of The Golden Record s standouts, "Cannons" and "The Heron and the Fox". While Cannons conjures visions of receiving signals and painting portals through space over celestial echoes and otherworldly buzzes, The Heron and the Fox recalls a more terrestrial sound while recounting an intense yearning and lamentation of her salad days through a quiet, painful present.
Born in Iowa and raised along the Mississippi River in an "Addams Family meets 700 Club" home, Little Scream, aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer, learned violin and piano as a child. "When my parents divorced, all my mom got out of the deal was a green Chevy pick-up truck. When that truck was dented up in an accident, my mom used the insurance money to bring home a Washburn banjo and the black Fender La Brae I still sometimes play at shows. I spent the following months locked away in our root cellar learning guitar tablature."
Co-produced with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), The Golden Record features Little Scream on guitar, vocals, violin, and keyboard. In typical Montreal fashion, it showcases a cast of local talent including Richard Parry, Mike Fuerstack (Snailhouse), Becky Foon (Silver Mt. Zion), Patty McGee (Stars), and Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre). The National s Aaron Dessner also contributed on "The Heron and the Fox" . It was recorded at City Hall, Montreal and Aaron s Garage, New York in 2009/2010.
(SC236 released: 04/12/11)