Music Premiere: Lauren Hulbert Unveils “Gone In One”
Wonderfully beguiling folk-pop.
Oakland, California-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Lauren Hulbert introduces the music video for “Gone In One,” an appetizer for her forthcoming EP, Superbloom.
The title of the EP — Superbloom — mirrors not only the music on the EP, but also Lauren’s returning to bloom after suffering a severe foot injury on a surfing trip to Indonesia. During her protracted recovery, there was uncertainty about her ever walking again. Essentially, her life came to a screeching halt. Providentially, although it took more than a year, she is once again healthy.
Although the experience was frightening, it prompted Lauren to weigh her life and her priorities. Taking nothing for granted, she realizes how precious health is and is thankful the chance to continue writing music and performing.
Classically trained, as a child she competed in classical festivals, followed by teaching herself guitar. Her unique sound blends elements of folk, alt-country-rock, and pop into delicious sonic confections delivering sensitive melodies and pensive lyrics gliding on redolent textures.
Lauren’s other interests revolve around acting, modeling, surfing and teaching. For her, surfing is a mystical encounter, uniting her with the expansive milieu of the ocean, balancing her feelings and refreshing her essence.
Continually seeking to develop her creativity, she studied and delved into the world of acting in NYC, followed by coming back to California, where she lives and works as an artist, polishing her gift for artistic expression.
“Gone In One” enlarges on her previous folk-pop project, Beneath The Soil, adding more muscle by means of electric guitars, along with vibrant potency, yet still maintaining its folk-pop gracefulness.
The song opens on low-slung almost grunge-rock flavors flowing into an undulating melody topped by Lauren’s scrumptiously gorgeous, evocative voice, doling out probing, introspective aromas. Vaguely reminiscent of Alanis Morissette merged with Avril Lavigne, it’s one of those voices simultaneously visceral and smoothly melodic, infusing the lyrics with tantalizing timbres.
“Gone In one / How fast can you run? / Will you remember me? / Out of my reach.”
The video, directed by Ryan Houchin, depicts Lauren waking down railroad tracks with her guitar, and then shifts to her strolling through a city with a friend, while later she’s on the beach with another friend, followed by the visuals reverting to the railroad tracks, where she is along with her guitar.
There’s an edginess to “Gone In One,” making it both haunting and declarative. It’s definitely one of the better songs of the year because of its layering of grunge tension and folk-pop surfaces.