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Lauria release poignant debut album ‘MOON’

Montreal alt-pop one-to-watch Lauria first emerged in 2018, showcasing influenced not only by the vibrance of her home city, but an eclectic mix of genre-defying pioneers including the likes of Destiny’s Child, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, and Stromae. Since them, Lauria has performed for SHEIN at Paris Fashion Week and and left a mark on all those who have heard her music.

With her latest project, debut album ‘MOON’, Lauria shares tracks full of experience and sophistication. Utilising a range of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, we are treated to piano ballads, R&B anthems and gritty blues influenced numbers. Tying all these elements together are powerful vocal performances, gliding through vast melodies and taking on poignant lyrical rhetoric.

Lauria shares the story of the project, “I recorded this album at Studios Piccolo in Montréal during the year 2022. Most songs were produced by Dominique Messier, the owner of the studio and Céline Dion’s drummer. For most songs we first worked together to polish the beats and instrumentals that I had already and inspired me. Messier added his own touch to every song, making sure each had a distinctive, beautiful final result. I wrote all my lyrics, some songs had been written years prior and needed to be freshened up, others were brand new. I also collaborated with Bronx-native artist J.Sol on two of the songs of the project. She completely understood the emotions I was trying to convey in both songs and unlocked a new dimension of both of them.

The entire album, or rather the decisions to take all of these songs together to make one project came after some darker moments I had last year. I found myself turning to music to express my frustrations, anger, sadness, etc., and realized that they all told the same story, but from a different point in a timeline. Together and in order, the eight songs tell a story of loss, loss of people, loss of control, loss of self, and they journey towards hope, strength and perseverance with a single goal: to find self-love.

I hope this album will show people going through dark times that they’re not alone, that this heavy energy can be used to create something beautiful, instead of letting it destroy who they are.”