Lauryn Peacock- Euphonia Review
In recent music releases, up-and-comer but soon to be established Lauryn Peacock released her charming orchestral indie- folk album Euphonia. The album is a significant progression since Peacock’s 2012 EP Fairly Busy Wife. Most notably, Euphonia features a long list of collaborations including Joshua Ehrmann, Kristen Sylvester, Carl Cheeseman, Stephen Solderholm, Kevin Rooney David O. Ramirez and was recorded with orchestral arranger and director, Joshua Stamper.
Peacock explains her musical personality as an explanation of her own slant truths and a reflection of her journey in the past few years while finding peace and joys with hardships in her life. Most evident in Euphonia is Peacock’s struggle with specific personal problems, which she candidly comments as her fight with 15 months of unexplained and extreme health issues- a struggle that she openly sings about throughout Euphonia in some darker and piano heavy tunes like Hearts on Fire and in more uppity and catchy songs including All My Mind- one of my favorites.
From this, you can almost assume that Peacock has made an honest, transparent yet wholehearted album, with raw emotion found through a rather hard journey that many of us can relate to. Each song is intertwined behind an overarching metaphor of her experiences and done in an attempt to look at the beauty in all situations.
Some favorite tracks of mine on this album include the opener “Wounds Grow Grass”, which starts with a very unique, pensive, waltz-like sound and later picks up with heavier and daunting chords. No track is alike in this album. Tracks like “Quiet Moments” are much more pop-like and leave a lasting happier note, while reminding you of your favorite late 90’s singer-songwriter phase- a cooler more subtle Michelle Branch maybe? Opening track “All My Mind” represents the looseness and experimenting sounds that goes into the entirety of Euphonia and illustrates just how many different instruments Peacock works with- and works with successfully- throughout all tracks.
It’s definitely a summer album and good timing to have just been released in late June. You’ll be listening to this long into September.