When you get told time after time, year after year, and by all sorts of different people that you are quiet... even if you don't feel that way in your head, eventually that idea starts to stick. Lauren Edman’s seductively spare, self-produced solo debut It’s Always the Quiet One is a prismatic and intimate self-portrait. It’s a starkly vulnerable album that peeks under the veneer of shyness and examines the inner struggles of someone courageously and coyly grappling with the societal and personal manifestations of being soft-spoken.
Lauren is best known for her singing and songwriting on the track “Afterthoughts” from Sleepthief’s 2006 electronic album The Dawnseeker. At the time, she was a relatively unknown talent with a passion for trip-hop featuring ethereal but strong female vocalists. More recently she joined shoegaze band For Every Story Untold, with whom she currently gigs and records.
The dual aesthetic trajectories of these disparate influences—the angelic electronic atmospherics of trip-hop and the earthiness of the shoegaze aesthetic inform It’s Always the Quiet One. This along with Lauren's love for classical music, symphonic band and orchestral music, and catchy, soaring vocal melodies. The album begins with a minimalistic electronic direction that morphs to an organic and rustic sensibility in its second half.
The title It’s Always the Quiet One succinctly frames the album’s thematic bend, and throughout the album Lauren examines her experiences and feelings while being thought of as the “quiet one.” From churning opener "Wasting," to the gently seething "Red Wings," to bittersweet ode to introversion "She's Not Here," her viscerally precise lyrical style articulates both the superficial impression of shy people being construed as naïve and the mistrustful connotation of quiet people being thought of as holding back ulterior motives.