Photo | Bernie DeChant | Lauren Balthrop
Band: Lauren Balthrop
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $8 at the door
Singer-songwriter Lauren Balthrop plucked her deep Southern roots from Alabama and replanted them in Brooklyn, gathering her thoughts and experiences along the way and setting them to music.
Now Balthrop returns to Alabama to perform tracks from her debut album, “This Time Around,” a collection of songs from an “uprooted soul” who has experienced “feeling spun out of orbit, tumbling, accidents and loss of control.”
Balthrop joined producer Josh Kaufman (The National, Bob Weir, Hiss Golden Messenger) in the studio for this endeavor, creating an album that thrives on its beautiful contrast and sugary vocal tracks that maintain an ethereal, dreamy resonance throughout.
Balthrop has given her listeners previews of “This Time Around” through such singles as “Come Around.” This track balances a smooth, catchy instrumental arrangement with Balthrop’s smooth, floating serenade. Her contrasting, honeyed voice gives this album a haunting quality that establishes her trademark sound, especially on darker tracks such as “Maple Tree.”
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