Lauren O'Connell - Under Control
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posted 09 Jul 2018 by Krister Axel
Lauren O'Connell is able to reify the casual urban poetics of the Bay area, complete with acoustic roots, delicious irony, and a satisfying hook.

Laura Marling, Gillian Welch, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams: when a songwriter finds a way to perfect the lead vocal as a delivery system for the inner soul-cry, using the song as a crutch, it becomes a thing beyond criticism. It has life; this song persists as a pathway between the unassuming acoustic guitar, that unassailable lyrical coherence, and the industrial machine-sound of the final coda.

From the poise and quality of the instrumental tones, to the gemlike-quality of the semantic phrasing, Lauren O'Connell is able to reify the casual urban poetics of the Bay area, complete with acoustic roots, delicious irony, and a satisfying hook. Those looking for a distinct break from the formulaic groupthink of modern pop sensibility will not be disappointed.

Lauren O'Connell is a singer-songwriter currently based in San Francisco, CA. This song is featured in our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.

About the Author

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


Read my poetry here.