EP Review: Lauren Juzang – HAHAHHAHA

Hailing from Tarzana, California, USA, Lauren Juzang is an alternative pop artist who uses her music to explore the frustrations of growing up in her new EP HAHAHHAHA.

By Graeme Smith

Feature Photo by Eric Tisce

The EP starts with the dreamy Lost Echoes. Driven by an acoustic guitar riff and delicate ambient sounds, the focus is on Lauren’s haunting and expressive vocals. They weave a tale of heart gone cold but still in denial. As the track progresses, the music takes you on a journey with percussion and flashes of electric guitar.

We then move into previously released single High School Dreamers. Piano led, there’s more of an electronic feel to it than Lost Echoes. Lauren’s vocals remain consistently melancholy though, perfectly suiting its sweeping, ethereal chorus.

Track three is latest single Tangy. Told from the point of view of Lauren’s brother’s ex-girlfriend, it has a dark and moody atmosphere, created by looping plucked guitar and percussive layers. It’s a groovy, mid-record highlight.

The EP’s penultimate track is its final single Got It Good. A spoken word story of lecherous old men sets the tone and Lauren’s song writing feels at its most vulnerable here. The track provides a glimpse into the realities of being a teenage girl, and being discouraged from complaining. The percussion is strong once again, and there are layers of vocal harmonies that add a great sense of depth.

And things draw to a close in the style in which it began, acoustically. Best Of Me is an intimate, introspective track played on acoustic guitar and made rich with stacked vocals – akin to some of Lauren’s musical inspirations Alicia Keys and Fiona Apple.

I was so impressed with the range of styles on display across HAHAHHAHA‘s five tracks. Each track stands on its own but come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. This EP acts as a tremendous introduction to Lauren’s music and I feel as if there’s a lot more to come from her. Others agree. She’s already been playlisted on Spotify’s Dope AF and Fresh Finds: Indie playlists. Don’t be surprised if she becomes a household name in a few years.

You can check out HAHAHHAHA below.