Today Danish-quintet LOWLY release their new EP Sink Way Into Me via Bella Union digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl. Artwork and tracklist below:
The band have also shared a video for EP track S.W.I.M. which is premiering over on Noisey now.
“Have you even seen a video as gorgeous and repungent as this? I mean, seriously. Look at the it. We’re introduced to creepy crawlies slithering in and out of brussel sprouts. We lay our eyes on flies divebombing into champagne flutes. We see some crazy worm peeking out from the inside of an apple. Essentially: this video is the most beautiful thing we’ve seen that features both bugs and food. More than that though, it’s a good track too – which is the latest from Danish band Lowly and called “S.W.I.M”.”
Lowly appeared out of nowhere in April 2014 with the release of the bewitching ‘Daydreamers’ The sound, already so rich and full, was like being put under a magical spell.
Initially brought together- in hindsight I’d suggest by a visionary alchemist-purely to fulfil part of a short music project at the school they all attended, Nanna, Thomas, Steffen, Kasper and Soffie immediately found the chemistry so many musicians search years to find.
The individual influences of each, so different it seemed to begin with, truly give Lowly that unique sound, one that has been developing over the course of the last year. Recent shows and festivals have been received ecstatically and we were lucky enough to witness one of those performances at Spot Festival earlier this year. Quite simply, Lowly are one of the best young bands i have seen live in a long time. The music is at times intricate yet deep and sensual, the fascinating rhythms of drummer Steffen a perfect counterpoint to the gorgeous melodies of Soffie and Nanna. The overall effect of this in tandem with the liquid bass and keyboard lines creates a set that has you on the verge of crying and dancing all at the same time. There isn’t a band out there today like them, which is thrilling. To make music that is both emotional and influential at this early stage, shows that Lowly a band of limitless possibilities.
LOWLY will be visiting these shores in November to play a handful of shows. Dates below…
Sunday 29th November – Brighton, Mutations Festival
Monday 30th November – Bristol, Start the Bus (Free show)
Tuesday 1st December – London, Servant Jazz Quarters
Billie Lindahl, the woman behind the name Promise & The Monster, brings a vivid landscape to life on Feed The Fire, her first album for Bella Union, due for release 22nd January and available to order now from itunes. It’s a wondrous and haunting world, mixing light and dark, birth and death, mystery and imagination, awesome vistas and intimate detail. Lindahl builds an analogue and digital soundscape around her enchanting voice, luring you deeper into her wild world than ever before. The first taste of the album can be heard with the track ‘Time Of The Season’ which is streaming below.
Feed The Fire was recorded in Stockholm, where Lindahl lives, at Labyrint, a small basement studio run by her friend Love Martinsen who produced the album and shares most of the instrumentation with Lindahl. “We aimed at combining the elegance of old Sixties recordings with something darker and more mechanical,” she recalls. “Like you would play a Lee Hazlewood song on top of Nico’s late Eighties records.”
The opening / title track sets the scene with the immediate confession “I’m already too involved / I’m forced into the core.” ‘Hunter’ expands the dreamy yet eerie mood with an echo of girl-group drama filtered through a remote Swedish forest, featuring the Erhu, a Chinese violin. “It’s a great instrument,” Lindahl says. “It sounds a bit like somebody is weeping, and I think we managed to make it weep.”
The view keeps changing: ‘Time Of The Season’ is a more urgent rush of blood, with chiming guitar, ‘Hammering the Nails’ is gentler despite the image, “this taste of blood in metal”, and the tremelo guitar twang and an exquisite coda of Mariachi horns in ‘Machines’ resemble a slice of vintage Americana. Images of skin, flesh, bone and rust create a clash between humanity and the natural world, while the album finale, a cover of the traditional British folk song ‘Fine Horseman’, taps the same motherlode.
Duality sits at the core of Feed The Fire, likewise the name Promise & The Monster. “To feed the fire can be seen as both constructive and destructive,” Lindahl concludes. “You keep the fire burning, the spark alive. But fire can kill you. Like life and death, it’s not really a contradiction. I think it’s necessary to be open to destructive forces if you want to live a life where strong emotions are present. To see, listen and feel is quite a violent and confusing experience, and I think my lyrics often evolve around that, blurring boundaries between dream and reality, and between sanity and insanity. To me, Feed The Fire is a concept album that explores those kinds of themes, from certain places and real happenings.”
Feed The Fire will be released 22nd January on Bella Union. Album artwork below:
Says Ezra on Body Was Made:
“‘Body Was Made’ is a protest song against the people and forces that would make me ashamed of my body, my gender and my sexuality,” he says. “It’s a declaration of freedom from false authority and self-appointed social police who have given me grief all my life.”
Watch the music video below…
Set design by Hatty Ellis-Coward
Filmed by Anika Mottershaw & Thom Hoffman
Lighting by Callum Sadler
Hair by Zara Toppin
Makeup by Nina Ribena
Edited by Liz Adams