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Coinciding with the Spring equinox, liturgical readings announce, “A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it.”  This Easter season, Lowlakes releases a four-track EP which begins like a call for hope amidst a grey fog.  Carrying a cinematic quality, Lowlakes presents a rare mix of melody and ambience.  Frontman Tom Snowdon takes flight in dreamy sequences while remaining in a low hover just above ground.

This Australian group originally from Alice Springs relocated to Melbourne for the EP production.  Lowlakes’ new self-titled EP was recorded live and mixed to tape in Kunsthaus Records’ private analogue studio.
“Song for Motion” begins with one aching step forward, piano and guitar picking up momentum as the hopeful vocals cry out, “I’ve been waiting; it’s been so long.”
Bass and cymbals introduce husky falsettos, perfectly apt for the swaying rhythms of “Catch the Breeze.”
The mood deepens with stronger bass lines in “Buffalo,” a tale of separation and anxiety. The longing for security is nicely exemplified by low trumpet tones and soaring vocals.
Primal beats usher in the wilderness of “Arctic House,” creating a thrilling uncertainty and swift assessment of self.  Isolation and self-reliance are central in the line “I’m human in the Arctic.”  And yet there’s a tentative outreach in the following question, “Would you believe it if I said I was only passing through?”  Depending on the response, such a question could become a deep revelation or a harmless tease.

Lowlakes’ self-titled EP captures that lingering moment of waiting, that time-stretched breath hold in which one contemplates the possible answers and ensuing potential reactions, that incredible hope vs harsh reality that we all endure because the thought of maybe is worth the risked dejection of never.

Rating: 3.5/5


Upcoming Shows:
19 April – Sydney – FBI Social
20 April – Wollongong – Yours & Owls
21 April – Canberra – Phoenix
September/October US Tour – dates to be announced