Just days ahead of the release of their stunning debut LP Heba (out February 10th on Bella Union), hotly tipped Danish quintet Lowly are pleased to premiere a beautiful, immersive new track “Mornings” via Interview Magazine. “Mornings” proves rife with texture-filled layers of sound and propulsive rhythms, in constant play with the reverberating purity of lead singer Soffie Viemose’s soprano. Listen below…
“The song is about the moment when you realize that a person whom you used to be close with isn’t anymore,” explains band member Nanna Schannong. “You realize that it’s better to just keep the conversation clean to avoid any struggle.”
As remarkable as their music is, Lowly only came together as a band in 2014, having met at the musical academy in Aarhus, Denmark. Despite all five members being involved in different studies, and having their own pre-existing endeavors, Nanna Schannong (lead vocals, guitar), Soffie Viemose (lead vocals, laptop), Kasper Staub (synthesisers), Thomas Lund (bass, Moog) and Steffen Lundtoft (drums, percussion) soon found common musical ground; a restlessly inventive and exquisitely melodic sound that refutes easy categorization.
The band themselves call it “noise-pop, and everything in between”. In this case ‘noise’, explains Kasper Staub, refers to the textures and treatments via laptop and guitar. This gives Lowly songs unpredictable, shape-shifting qualities (brilliantly layered by the band and co-producer Anders Boll, Efterklang’s long-trusted engineer/soundman), though a core of wistful melancholy remains, further intensified by the enigmatic lyrics.
“We think of our music and lyrics more like a painting, we think it should all melt together,” says Staub. “We’re all interested in developing ourselves as songwriters, and working in new ways, with different ideas.”
Vacillating between vintage and modern, emotion and energy and heart and soul, Lowly are a fresh band breathing a timeless life into the modern realm of indie music. This early on, it suggests that the potential for this standout act is limitless.
Early praise for Lowly…
“Textured, imaginative soundscapes” – Interview
“an overwhelming onslaught of beauty” – Stereogum
“jazzy, soaring widescreen pop” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Magic happens here.” – The Awl