Lauren Pratt Announces Sophomore Americana Album, 'Young American Sycamore'
‘YOUNG AMERICAN SYCAMORE’
HER FOLK-INSPIRED SOPHOMORE AMERICANA ALBUM OUT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
LEAD SINGLE “IN THE VALLEY” OUT NOW
Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2019) – A captivating voice, haunting imagery, and vivid narratives: against a rich panorama of Americana music, singer-songwriter Lauren Pratt has released “In The Valley,” the lead single from her new full-length album, Young American Sycamore. Below, watch a lyric video for the song which opens up the new album like a locomotive moving down the tracks. “In The Valley” premiered yesterday (6/20) with Elmore Magazine which noted the music’s, “…propulsive bluegrass rhythms to the ghostly gothic textures.”
"'In The Valley' was written in a feverish burst of creativity after an album tour gone awry,” says Pratt. “This song acknowledges the imbalance that exists in the heart this side of eternity."
Pratt, winner of the No Depression “Singer-Songwriter Award” (2018), follows her Days Like Tonight (2015) album with the new 10-songYoung American Sycamore which is slated for release Friday, September 13. During the four years between albums, Pratt began her master’s program in Clinical mental health counseling and Expressive art therapy – education she’s eager to employ moving forward as she rolls out Young American Sycamore.
From propulsive bluegrass rhythms to ghostly gothic textures, Young American Sycamore illustrates a wide sonic spectrum of literate songcraft. “I’m a firm believer in the cyclical nature of stories,” Lauren affirms. “For me, this album felt like a significant arc in my personal character development. I am drawn to the songwriting of Johnny Cash and Patty Griffin; the characters in their songs are deeply flawed but something in them longs to be redeemed."
The album’s title, which references a sycamore tree, has a multi-layered meaning. On a beautiful April evening, after returning from post-performance camaraderie in Nashville with music friends, she was awakened in the night by shouts and sirens. The roof of her apartment – in a complex called The Sycamores – was on fire. “It was a pivotal moment in my life,” she recalls. “I was burned out of my home and the dream in one fell swoop.” Moreover, a sycamore is a species that, unlike most trees, sheds its bark as it matures. “These songs are a testimony to the hard times and trials I’ve gone through," Lauren says. "But I am not keeping them with me – it's time to grow.” With the release of Young American Sycamore, Lauren Pratt reaffirms her artistic roots and sheds the proverbial bark of the past through her musical mission of kindness and compassion.
Other standouts on the album are: “Twenty-Five” which outlines the tale of two brothers, one sworn to justice, and the other to running moonshine. Another track, “Haunting,” effortlessly evokes classic country gliding on spectral strains of a shimmering pedal steel. The magic of “Doubt” was birthed when Lauren enrolled in Patty Griffin's songwriting course and began working on the assigned prompt. Lauren remembers: “I sang in a barn with Patty four feet in front of me. At the end, Patty said, ‘You have a voice like Odetta - it resonates at a deep place in a person’s soul.’ It was the most amazing compliment I'd ever heard in my life. She went on to tell me that the song was finished and I shouldn't touch it. Hey, if it's good enough for Patty, it's good enough for me." The intimate acapella song, titled “Doubt,” concludes the new album.
This September, after the Young American Sycamore release, Lauren will perform on the main stage at FreshGrass Festival, joining such Americana icons as Mavis Staples, Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Andrew Bird.
Track listing for Young American Sycamore:
“In The Valley”
“Give And Take”
“Some Say The World”
“The Spirit Moves”