Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Lorelei Carlson is set to release her latest EP, Dopamine, on Oct. 21, 2014. 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 signature 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.
“Rape is not gender specific or limited to just a physical act,” she says on the delicacy of the song’s subject. “We all get raped, whether mentally or physically, which is why I connect to this song so much.”
The daughter of a Swedish-American father and Peruvian mother, Carlson grew up moving around frequently due to her parents’ careers as diplomats. By the time she turned 14, she had already lived in seven countries: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Peru, Colombia, Chile and the United States. “Being exposed to so many different cultures really allowed me to become more eclectic as a musician,” she says.
In 2007, Carlson released her first single, “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).
“With her combination of profound lyrics, haunting melodies, and radio-friendly hooks, there is no music like that of singer/songwriter Lorelei Carlson in today’s music industry.” –East Portland Blog
“Immediately, you ‘get’ this collection. It’s thoughtful, peaceful and gives you a whole new reality to live in for a while. ‘20mg’ is a breath of fresh air.” – Punk Nation
“A woman with a talent to soothe anyone’s body, mind, and soul.” – Endee Magazine
“The girl is tremendously talented. There are no smoke and mirrors with her – she tells it how it is and writes lyrics that are both popalicious but still introspective.” — Melismatic Blog
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