5 Under 5000: Laureline provides a contemporary space to explore more than music

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Laureline is a Los Angeles-based Indie Pop four-piece who are still fairly new to the scene but are sure to make some serious waves. Their music blends singer-songwriter roots and dreamy, ethereal synth-pop with sweeping instrumentals and soothing vocals. In this feature, vocalist/guitarist Chris Rasmussen shares about Laureline's musical and visual influences, as well as a playlist of songs they love at the moment.

Tell us a little about who you are and how you got to where you are now.

My name is Chris Rasmussen and I’m a member of the band Laureline. We started Laureline a year and a half ago as a space to work out ideas both creatively and intellectually. We got our name from a painting by Franz Kline, a modern abstract-expressionist painter.

Can you describe your music to us in just three words?

Warm - Cold - Contemporary

Which artists or groups are you currently listening to? Who or what is your greatest musical inspiration?

We’re all influenced by a myriad of different musicians but as a band we have heavy influence from artists like Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Fleetwood Mac as well as visual influence from contemporary art, fashion and photography.

How do you draw the inspiration to create music?

We find inspiration all over the place. It could be a simple melody, beat or lyric stuck in my head but it‘s usually a more subconscious process. I find this to be a more exciting way to create as it allows me to turn my brain off and tell the truth. I don’t often realize what the song is about until months later. I like the constant discovery of wiring this way and it also helps with creative block and fatigue.

How do you navigate the art world? In this case, the music industry.

We just try to collaborate with friends as much as we can. It’s so exciting and rewarding to share this project with people we genuinely care about and respect. Los Angeles is a such a hub of talented artists and musicians that we love working with!

You just released a new single "I Love You", what's the story behind it?

I’ve always said "I Love You" is one of our darker songs, which is a stark contrast to the pop beat and melodies. Sadly, this was my best attempt at a love song when I wrote it. I wanted to write a song that said "i love you", but the most honest thing I could muster up at the time was "I’ve been thinking about you lately."

hat has been your biggest challenge or conflict in making music together?

I think the biggest challenge for any young band is to try and create something big with limited resources and time. This makes collaboration all the more important and exciting as you get to see something that’s stuck in your head come to life.

What would you like new listeners to know about you?

What I like about Laureline is that it’s a space where we’re able to work out stuff in real time. I think the project is built on the back of questions about love and spirituality. There are some songs that I dance to and some songs that I cry when I sing. I know for me I want a full emotional experience when I listen to music. I get tired of the 5th upbeat song in a row or the 5th slow song in a row. The audience is allowed to engage with the music however they want and use it as a space to work out their own questions.

What is one important message you would like to share with your fans?

Come catch us at The Satellite on July 13th with our friends The Millennial Club, Don Amor and Love You Later.

What’s next? What can we expect from you this year?

The rest of this year will be full of releasing music and visuals. Definitely come out to a show and meet us!

Lastly, tell us a little bit more about the songs or theme you chose for your playlist?

Our playlist is just a collection of songs that we love and are influenced by. We’ve included a lot of music by our friends as well. Check it out on Spotify!


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