I a anticipating seeing Lorelei Carlson live some day. Her rare combination of beauty and mystical talent must be something to live on stage. In the meantime, we have the next best thing - her live on Music FridayLive! this Friday playing cuts from her just-released EP, Dopamine. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter released Dopamine, last week and it is a winner from the first note.
Written and co-produced by Carlson with her longtime collaborator, David Gielan, “Dopamine” features six new recordings, weaving themes of lust, obsession and tragedy over poignant and haunting melodies. Carlson’s ethereal vocals and dreamlike arrangements are manifested in Nirvana’s cult classic “Rape Me,” originally penned for Nirvana’s 1993 In Utero (Universal). With its modern production and wavering vocal hook, the track features a distinctive trip-hop style arrangement around Kurt Cobain’s original lyrics. Responding to questions about the choice of this song for the EP, she says “Rape is not gender specific or limited to just a physical act,”. “We all get raped, whether mentally or physically, which is why I connect to this song so much.” That should lead to some interesting questions from me and from you, my listeners.
Lorelei is the daughter of diplomats - a Swedish-American father and Peruvian mother - and frequently as their assignments changed. By the time she turned 14, she had already lived in seven countries: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Peru, Colombia, Chile and the United States. As far as she is concerned that was good for her music: “Being exposed to so many different cultures really allowed me to become more eclectic as a musician.”
Carlson released her first single in 2007, “Without You,” produced by Grammy award-winner, Phil Nicolo (Lauryn Hill, Sting) and in 2009, opened for EMI recording artist, Ryan Cabrera. She then released two EPs “Is…” (2010), followed by the critically acclaimed “20mg” “(2012). This latest EP is both a departure from her style and a reaffirmation of it. It goes places she has not gone before , musically, but uses the vocal,songwriting and arranging skills she is know for to the utmost. Join us Friday as we talk with this very fascinating and talented woman.