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Vanity Metrics

by Gianna Lauren

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Spark 04:18
Some days I feel alive Some days I need to hide See I’m a machine and I break down sometimes Like a machine, I look together on the outside But my parts inside don’t know how to thrive Sometimes the engine doesn’t fire Before I die I wanna tell you I love you But while I'm alive I'm gonna hide No one knows what the future holds No one is free til we're all free It's this paradigm of ups and downs we circle around I would do it all again if I could do it all again even though I feel like something is missing You talk a lot about what you're thinking Maybe you could do more listening Before I die I wanna tell you I love you But while I'm alive I'm gonna hide
Whoa 04:08
Whoa I think of you in the dark Whoa you lift me up I can’t think with the lights on Put my mask on i don’t want to see NightCrawl my way to sleep Meet you in my dreams After the lights go out It’s you Im thinking about Now in the future we’ve learned to forgive How we would wait all day, for a short time Eventually it’s all a memory when the curtains close Whoa i think of you in the dark Whoa you lift me up After the lights go out It’s you I'm thinking about
Why look in the mirror I know who I am What's the point of outside reflection I point that thing in the right direction But every time I check myself I get a deflection Where's the protection in that? It’s the same old sorry It’s the same old story, It’s the same old story that I It’s the same old story that I couldn’t tell I can't tell you anything but
If I were to belong here If I were to belong here What would happen To my understanding I have been one way, it’s been the only way Not like it’s my way or the highway It’s been a long day Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah Don’t you wish I would be all you need Just maybe I could be me What would happen to my understanding I am not an innocent tourist So I’ll take my way, not the highway I’ll take the long way Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah
Disappear 04:22
Close your eyes, let your hair down Purse those lips painted ruby red Look around at your home Do you call it your own

 Oooo Get cleaned up finish your tea Go get dressed you can’t wear that Tonight you’re going out whether you like it or not Like it or not at all But as soon as you get there you go on and disappear Don’t look back don’t ever turn around There’s a chance you won’t like what you see When you come out at night Time shifts but I don’t mind Ooo But as soon as you get there But as soon as you get there But as soon as you get there You go on, and disappear


On her fourth release Lauren is at her art-rockiest, but that also may be in part thanks to the artists she was listening to as she weaved through the fog of Nova Scotia’s south shore to produce this EP: Some of indie-rock’s boldest voices and most insightful perspectives, like the heart-rending Mitski, the dramatics of Weyes Blood, the intimacy of Big Thief.

Lauren and her cohorts stepped into the studio immediately after a two-week tour to make Vanity Metrics in four days, and that includes a pair of songs—“Closed Chapter” and the opener “Spark”—written that week. With the artist as bandleader, much of the album was recorded live off the floor, capturing an electricity fuelled by collaboration (and a touch of exhaustion).

The result is a collection of mid-tempo mood pieces informed by a well-acquainted band moving as a single unit, with Lauren’s electric guitar and cracked trumpet of a voice guiding it from the centre.


released November 6, 2020

Jeff Kingsbury - drums
Julien Dussault - electric guitar
Greggory Clark - bass
Yolande Laroche - rhodes, wurlitzer
Pascal Huot - vocals on Disappear
Jennah Barry - vocals on Closed Chapter
Rebecca Zolkower - vocals on Whoa and Innocent Tourist
J.J. Ipsen - moog and synths on Spark and Whoa
Andy Magoffin - horns on Closed Chapter and Whoa
Gianna Lauren - vocals, electric guitar

Vocals on Innocent Tourist by Yolande, Pascal, Jeff, Julien, Greggory, Rebecca, and Gianna

Songwriting by Gianna Lauren and everyone listed here. Thank you Nick Everett, Eliza Niemi, and Evan Matthews for the birth of Innocent Tourist.

Recorded (for the most part) live off the floor at Old Confidence Lodge in Mik’maq Territory

Mixed and Mastered by Andy Magoffin at The House of Miracles

Thank you to my teams Kyle and Michelle at Forward Music Group, Pigeon Row, and FACTOR Canada.

Much love to everyone who has stayed on this journey with me.


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