Lowly share video for “Deer Eyes”

Ahead of their three UK live shows in late October, new Bella Union signings LOWLY have unveiled a mesmerising video to current single “Deer Eyes”. Directed by Danish video artist Alice Topsøe, the video is a depiction of human beings and their connection, or rather disconnection, from their physical appearance. Of the video Lowly comment: “Alice is an artist who explores queerness and body-image regardless of gender, which we thought was relevant to the theme of the song and also for the times we live in. The song is about a person who is falling apart in a very physical way, and we feel that Alice has animated the genderless figures in such a way that they both carry confidence but also a fragility as they stretch out and melt away.” 

Lowly recently announced a number of European festival appearances, including Iceland Airwaves, as well as three UK shows in late October. Upcoming UK live info below:

Thursday 27th October – LONDON – Old Blue Last

Friday 28th October – BRIGHTON – Brighton Electric (Bella Union Presents)

Saturday 29th October – WINCHESTER – The Railway

As remarkable as their music is that Lowly only got together in 2014, having met at the musical academy in Aarhus, Denmark. Despite all five members being involved in different studies, and having their own bands on the go, 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 categorisation.

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.”

‘Deer Eyes’ follows three independent releases in Denmark, which saw the Guardian include Lowly in a ‘Five must-listen new tracks from around the world’ round-up, while The Line Of Best Fit swooned to an “idyllic, height of summer sonic landscape… total bliss… Nordic pop does not get bigger.”

Lowly photo by Anna Jarmolovicz below: