Lauren Bird ‘The Inbetween’ | New Release
Lauren Bird’s debut album The Inbetween is released on 8 May 2017, after a successful Indiegogo campaign saw her raise 105% of funds needed to record it.
The album was made at Redbox Studios in Belfast with producer Cormac O’Kane, who has previously worked with Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldof, The Corrs and many others.
Cormac: ‘Lauren is a highly individual talent with a very personal and authentic voice as a songwriter. Her material and sound springs from her own personal view of the world and I strongly consider that society deserves to enrich itself by developing artists like Lauren, who reflect back to us real experience and emotions, rather than blindly second guessing what the public may want.’
They began working on the album in September 2016 with drummer Peter McKinney and Van Morrison’s former musical director Nicky Scott on bass. The album was heavily influenced by Paul Simon’s Graceland, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Feist’s The Reminder, whilst still keeping her signature ukulele pop style.
Lauren: ‘I always find it hard to write metaphorically so this album is very personal to me, I feel like people will be reading my diary. I wanted to be open and honest about how I was feeling. Everyone feels a bit lost in their 20s – it’s a time of intense anxiety, confusion and fear… at least for me it is, anyway. This album deals with leaving the safety net of university and trying to find your place in the world, but feeling stuck. That’s why I named it The Inbetween, because that’s where I feel I am.’
Lauren hails from Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and first appeared on the Belfast music scene in late 2013, first at open mics and then at local festivals like the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Stendhal Festival and Sunflowerfest. She gained attention after winning Chordblossom’s Kickstart 2015, which provided an opportunity to record a single at Millbank Studios in Lisburn with Michael Mormecha and James Lyttle and have a music video made by Dog Kennel Productions. The single and music video for ‘Goodbye, Good Luck’ were picked up by national website Her.ie and were shared over 700 times with the headline ‘This Irish Girl’s Song Will Strike A Chord With Women Everywhere’.
Lauren will be premiering the full album at her album launch show in McHugh’s Bar in Belfast on 13 May with support from Runabay, Whale Talk and Katie Armstrong. Doors are at 8pm and it’s £5 in. This will also be her first show featuring a full band. She will also be appearing at the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s Women’s Work Festival (Belfast) on 28 May.
If you wish to sample or review the album here is a private streaming link: