After returning last month to deliver her highly-praised comeback single ‘happy now‘, fast-rising bedroom-pop artist girlhouse (aka Lauren Luiz) is back to announce the details behind her eagerly-awaited sophomore collection ‘the second ep’, showcased by the new single ‘concussion’.
While her debut ‘the girlhouse ep‘ looked to introduce the world to her fresh and euphoric sound, ‘the second ep’ is set to a more confident tone. Her initial songs were filled with anxiety and her disconnection to the world around her, while this new effort is about healing from the pains of the past and moving onto the next stage of life.
Previewed by the new offering ‘concussion’, this new release perfectly illustrates her newfound state of mind. Written and produced with Casey Chen, who goes by the artist name Tyzo Bloom in his home studio in Highland Park, CA, the pair cook up this wonderfully warm and captivating alt-pop delight that exudes a smooth and tranquil direction from start to finish.
Speaking about the new song, she said, “Concussion is about a monumentally shit day. My first and favorite car got smashed (it was a bright orange 81 Honda Civic with a stick shift), next thing I knew I was lying on the ground, being harassed by LA firemen while a woman was screaming at me calling me a dumb bitch. I just have no idea what happened, all I could think about was this person that had just broken my heart, somehow nothing else mattered. I think I used that relationship as a distraction in a big way, it was that moment where I realized that person was taking up a lot of mental real estate and I needed to make room for actual problems in my life and move on.”
‘the second ep’ tracklisting:
‘the second ep’ follows up her first collection ‘the girlhouse ep’, which was released in May 2021, and found support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, DUMMY, Under The Radar, WONDERLAND, The Independent, NOTION, The Independent, EARMILK, La Blogotheque, 1883 Magazine, Atwood Magazine, and Record Of The Day.
girlhouse will be supporting The Snuts on their highly-anticipated US tour. See the full list of live shows below:
US Dates Supporting The Snuts:
Tue/Oct 5, 2021 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
Wed/Oct 6, 2021 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Fri/Oct 8, 2021 New York, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat/Oct 9, 2021 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair (late show)
Wed/Oct 13, 2021 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Thu/Oct 14, 2021 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Ever since she was a teenager, girlhouse’s Lauren Luiz has always felt the pull to try and experience new things. Growing up in the city of Portland, a place of polar opposites with the very liberal on one side to those wielding confederate flags on the other, she first began to make her mark as an actress in her early twenties. Appearing in shows like the NBC hit series Grimm, she felt like her career wasn’t really going to fully begin unless she moved to the heart of the action, Los Angeles.
Driven by her first serious breakup, she migrated to LA in 2013 to pursue her acting career, where she got her first big break in a production of Spring Awakening. The production was all through sign language and half of the cast was deaf, so it gave her a truly unique experience and taught her to sign. The show took her to Broadway, New York, saw her perform for President Barack Obama at The White House, as well as appearing on The Seth Meyers Show. And while her music had yet to come to the forefront of her creative spirit, it was this pursuit of an acting dream that led her to the places and people she would come to build her music career around.
She first moved in with a friend she had met while attending the Old Vic School in Bristol, and began to work at the Diesel Jean store at the city’s Beverly Centre mall. It was here that she met her future band mate/producer Tyler Thompson, who was working at the Sony Store at the time. The two had an instant creative connection and stayed firmly in touch when Lauren had to uproot to New York for her production. But once that show ended, she returned to LA and the pair formed their first musical venture WILD together with another band mate.
Together, WILD became a huge force on the US folk-pop scene. They went onto release a handful of singles and an album that garnered them more than 50 million streams, a slot at SXSW, and sync deals with the likes of Mazda, Switch, and Pixar, it felt like they have found a special connection that they could build something truly special around. But while WILD was still going strong, Lauren had spent the entire time writing music for herself, something different to what the band had been producing so far and so began to explore a new aesthetic. This was the formation of girlhouse, a solo project that Lauren felt was more in keeping with how she was as an artist and gave her a creative outlet to drive her own passions.
Inspired heavily by the works of fellow female singer-songwriters such as Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy, and Lucy Dacus, girlhouse now feels like the most confident and fulfilling direction she has taken so far. Now living in Nashville, her personal life still continues to inspire and influence her music, offering us all a window into her soul and creating a bright and sweeping world for us all to enjoy.
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