Lauren Black (she/they), the voice behind the project Lu Lagoon, grew up in Maryland in a family that loved music, which later inspired her to take up songwriting herself. After a demo led her to Catapult Recordings. In 2020, Lu Lagoon, now rounded out by Madison Madeira on guitar (she/they/it), Justin Given on drums (he/they), and Kyle Waggoner on bass (he/him), released Seven Corners. The record became a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, derailing any plans for touring and promoting. For the next year, Black recorded a series of covers, including a Christmas EP in late 2020, while applying her gentle, playful songwriting style to the things she was witnessing around her, politically – voter suppression, environmental issues– and personally, entering a new relationship as the world outside went into disarray. Two years later, she emerged with When Birds Fly West.
(written by Hannah Jocelyn)
All Photos by Chloe Barkley