“Twisted” By Lauren Early

"Twisted" By Lauren Early is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is off her forthcoming release Don't Take My Dream Away
Lauren Early photo by Travis Kaupp

Lauren Early releases her debut album Don’t Take My Dream Away on May 19th via Danger Collective Records, ahead of the album’s arrival, the Los Angeles singer/songwriter has shared the LP’s final single “Twisted.” “I’ve never worked harder on a song than I did on “Twisted,”” says Early. “I fussed over this song for years, really trying to make something incomparable that has its own sound. I’ve been teaching myself to not write straight-up guitar songs and this is my feral, deepest dive at production (there’s a ‘dub’ section). Lyrically, I took a lot of inspiration from the attitude of rap music instead of indie rock on this album. I think “Twisted” is a good example of this, especially the ending: ‘new life, loveless sick, you have a bad therapist…” “Twisted” follows previous singles “Tomorrow” and “Good Girl Bad Boy”

Co-produced by Early and Tabor Allen (Cherry Glazerr), Don’t Take My Dream Away is a perfect introduction to the singular artist—its songs are funny but wholeheartedly earnest, relentlessly memorable while refusing to overstay their welcome. “I wanted to make a Last Splash, a Dookie, a Siamese Dream…an album with absolutely no dead weight that takes you on a journey and adds another layer of joy, catharsis, and…vibes to your life,” she says.

Early spent years touring in bands like Girlpool and Surf Curse, and is now establishing herself as an artist in her own right—and one of the most refreshing and promising new voices in indie rock. The 13 songs on Don’t Take My Dream Away come from a devastating but transformative period of loss for her. “A few years ago, my entire world basically fell apart. Everything was in sync in the worst way. I had a horrible health scare that made me uncertain of my life itself, and I was simultaneously losing my closest friends at the time, my relationship, my income. It felt like the world ended and then, right after that, it actually kind of did (lockdown). I was in the rubble,” Early explains. “It’s very cheesy but in these moments of like…apocalypse of self, music has always been there to save me. It’s such a gift. And making this album was me saving and rebuilding my own life.” Embracing overwhelming ambition during one of the toughest chapters of her life, she pushed herself both musically and lyrically to make something unparalleled and career-defining.

Lauren Early 2023 Tour Dates

05/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Genghis Cohen
06/04 – Chicago, IL – Do Division Street Festival

Pre-order Don’t Take My Dream Away by Lauren Early HERE


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