“The booming, stadium-sized chorus has the power to storm 2018.” – NPR / All Songs Considered
“Timeless not-quite-love song” [on “Love You Most”] – The FADER
“2018 has been badly in need of an electrifying, don’t-fuck-with-me power ballad, and now we’ve got LA songstress Laura Jean Anderson here to bestow it upon us.” – Noisey
“Laura Jean Anderson’s music is about the gray areas…about carving out an identity that isn’t prescribed.” – Salon
“a bittersweet recollection of a concluding relationship amongst a floating cloud of wondrous instrumentation.” [on “Thinkin Bout You”] – The Line of Best Fit
Today, Los Angeles-based artist Laura Jean Anderson has released brand new single, “On My Mind.”The song is an unreleased single from Laura Jean’s debut EP, Lonesome No More, released last fall via B3SCI Records and available now on 10″ vinyl here. “On My Mind” is available everywhere now here. See FLOOD Magazine‘s feature on the track here.
The song is rooted in a particular place of poignancy, of which Laura Jean describes:
- “This song was written while I was driving from Arizona to Los Angeles. I was alone and with my dog at the time, after a string of bad shows. I was inspired by a new love that I had just dropped off at the airport and the melody and words came rushing into my head while driving on the 10 freeway. I didn’t have any paper and was also driving so I would write down lyrics on my thigh to remember. Whenever I stopped for gas, I would plunk it out on my unplugged electric guitar. It was hours of putting this song together, hearing it only in my mind and my thigh covered in pen marks, but I promised myself that whatever state it was in, I would play it at my show in LA that night. I had no idea how it really would sound. I finished it, played it that night raw and unedited and the song was as is. I tried to produce it and put the band on, molding it into many genres and styles and it just never fit. Finally, I just decided to record it stripped down, as I heard it while driving in my car – exactly like the first time I played it. Tyler Chester and I (with the beautiful singers J. Blynn & Pete Harper) went into an all analog studio and cut it live, no headphones, in the room. No edits, all to tape, 2nd take. Exactly how the song was intended in my head.”
Today’s release follows Laura Jean’s performance at SXSW 2019 in which she played a slew of shows tipped as ‘One To Catch’ by Ones To Watch here. Laura Jean will continue to tour through spring 2019, first with a hometown headline in Olympia, WA, then following with a pair of west coast runs with Seattle soul outfit The Dip and L.A.-via-Baltimore songstress Lauren Ruth Ward. See full date listing below. Tickets here.
Mar 28 // Olympia, WA @ Octapas Cafe
Mar 29 // Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo *
Mar 30 // Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall & Lounge *
Mar 31 // Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub *
Apr 3 // San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Apr 4 // Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge *
Apr 5 // San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
May 2 // Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones ^
May 4 // San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
* w/ The Dip
^ w/ Lauren Ruth Ward
Lonesome No More marks the pinnacle of a momentous year for the budding songstress, which kicked off with the release of 2018 debut single “Silence Won’t Help Me Now.” The track impacted as a much-needed rally cry for the voiceless in today’s tumultuous times. First debuting with NPR / All Songs Considered, the track embodies Laura Jean’s struggle resisting societal confines and breaking away from her conservative Mormon upbringing. The song’s message was further reflected in the striking official video, which Noisey described as “equally powerful,” giving the track a new, jarring visual context. Laura Jean further detailed the song and video’s backstory in an exclusive interview with Salon.
Single “Love You Most” followed, putting Laura Jean’s powerhouse vocal at the forefront alongside sweeping melodies and a textured instrumental. The track, tipped early by the The FADER, was released alongside a stunning video which debuted alongside an exclusive interview with L.A. Weekly. Laura Jean then released “Thinkin Bout You,” a further taste of her songwriting dexterity, which debuted with The Line of Best Fit.
Born one of five kids in Olympia, Washington where grunge was king and liberal hippies thrived, Laura Jean was raised strictly Mormon, a stark dichotomy that inflicts her art to this day with a deep-seated poignancy. By her mid-teens, she began to form her own differing views and music was her first outlet for rebellion. First honing her vocal skill in church choirs through childhood, a bronchitis-riden audition led to a chance acceptance to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) prompting a move to California to study classical voice. She made her way working odd jobs, busking, and playing live in any capacity – a testament to her reverence and embodiment of classic blue collar musicians of yore (Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, etc) who built careers on painstaking hard work and rooted in all things live.
After a break from school involving farm work in South America, found love and subsequent heartbreak,berry farming in Washington state, and residing in a hippie commune, Laura Jean moved back to L.A. to finish school at CalArts. Since then, she’s lived in various artist compounds on L.A.’s east side throwing pop-up house shows, always surrounded by musicians, always performing.
Listen to the Lonesome No More EP in its entirety now at the links below and be on the lookout for more to come from the rising artist very soon.