This is the first edition of Local Motive, where I will showcase some local artists who rock. I am hoping I will be able to keep this theme at least semi-regular so if you have any Orlando and/or Florida artists who you think I should know about, pleaseÂ drop me a line.
This first installment focuses onÂ Lauren Carder, whose new EPÂ Lauren Carder And The Multiple Me was recently self released. I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren a few years back in my social circle. Unfortunately, despite having maintained casual acquaintance and knowing about her various music projects over the years, I’ve never had the chance to check any of them out – until recently. I purchased the cd for $5 and it’s definitely worth every penny. I’d describe this EP’s sound as a slightly psyched out “Laura Marling “-esque vibe with a folksy grounding and lots of nice guitar effects, some beautiful vocal layering (her voice is fantastic), and a more positive / self confident tone (or perhaps just lacking the sense of “emergency”) when compared with what you find on the aforementioned londonÂ songstress’ debutÂ Alas, I Cannot Swim. Instead Ms. Carder spends just under twenty five minutes (over five tracks) exploring the complex landscapes of all the different directions in which we tend to pull ourselves internally (yes, the “multiple me” concept literally at work). I expect to see Lauren go good places real soon! Check outÂ Courage of an Open HeartÂ below, and or stream the whole EP over at herÂ VIRB.