Fast-rising bedroom pop artist girlhouse (aka Lauren Luiz), as released her debut collection 'the girlhouse ep', featuring soaring new single 'pretty girl in la'.
The indulgent and vibrant 'pretty girl in la' opens up the EP, setting the tone for what can be expected. Lyrically, the track plays homage to her time in the City Of Angels, focusing on the isolationary and anxiety-inducing aura the city has around it. The lush textures of girlhouses' vocal captivates listeners from the off as gorgeous bedroom-pop instrumentation unfolds into the airways creating the soundtrack to both your night drives or sitting alone in your room, delicate in places and more climatic in others.
She says on the track,
“pretty girl in la is more direct than the others on the ep. This one is very nostalgic of my West Hollywood days, wanting to be an actress and letting people destroy my confidence daily for the sake of the ‘craft’. I have so many memories of being out at bars/clubs in la having a lovely time, when out of the blue some stranger would come up to me and tell me that I’m “kind of pretty, but not la pretty.” Drilling deeper saying that “in my hometown I might be a 7 or 8 but in la I’m merely a 4.” This happened so many times that I really started to take it to heart, I was 23 and it kind of destroyed me! I would hold my breath going through tunnels just wishing that I could be an la 8, thinking that would fix all my problems.”
The EP introduced the world to girlhouses' sound which takes influence from the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacas, and Snail Mail. It gives us a raw and intimate insight into the world of the Portland born, Nashville based artist, spinning tales of her time living in LA and the relationships she nurtured along the way.
Speaking about the new EP, she said,
“This EP follows my story of landing in LA and finding out exactly how ignorant I was to the real world; whether that be relationships, men in general, career, sex, friendships, or battling mental illness and dealing with trauma, it all felt new to me.”
Previous single 'loaded gun' was an enormous success, garnering a mass of support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music and many influential tastemakers as well as landing on Spotify's Ultimate Indie, NMF UK, The Indie List, Hot New Bands, Fresh Finds: Rock, All New Indie, and Tidal’s Rising Artists Of The Week playlists.
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.
'the girlhouse ep' is out now.
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