Nashville-based Lauren Balthrop tries to find motivation in the mundane in her new music video for her single, “Get Lost.” The recently released single was the last one of her sophomore album “Things Will be Different.”
Being a Southern girl, Balthrop’s influences range from Neil Young to Joni Mitchell to Django Reinhardt. After a childhood of learning violin, piano, taking voice lessons, and consequently moving to New York for musical theater, Balthrop joined forces with her brother, Pascal, to write and release folk-rock music under their name, Balthrop; together, they released five albums from 2007-2012.
Written at a songwriting retreat and originally meant for her debut album, “Get Lost” is the ultimate folk pop song for any post-pandemic blues. Besides the intimate and truthful songwriting, Balthrop’s voice is light and airy, similar to her biggest influences; the song clearly illustrates her love of other singer-songwriters like Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King.
The video also complements the single well; Balhtrop is rollerskating around and frolikcing through a field, as if there is no care in the world. Despite the laissez-faire of it all, she is singing about the confusion and sadness one can feel about life around us currently; as Balthrop herself put it, “[i]t’s about the fragility of life, this planet, our minds and how we can get lost in the chaos of trying to make sense of those things.”
Pick up the pieces of what’s left
Fill the cracks, try my Sunday best
Every day’s a day of just getting by
What’s to stop me from just getting high
“Get Lost” by Lauren Balthrop is available on major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. The accompanying music video for “Get Lost” is also available now on YouTube. Find this and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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