LOW ISLAND UNVEIL NEW SINGLE ‘DON’T LET THE LIGHT IN’ ON THEIR OWN LABEL EMOTIONAL INTERFERENCE
2020 PPL Momentum artist Low Island share fresh single Don’t Let The Light In, their first piece of new material in over a year, out on their recently set up label Emotional Interference and featured on FIFA’s 2021 soundtrack. It will receive its first play on Lauren Laverne’s ‘While You Were Sleeping’ feature on her BBC 6music show on Oct 8th.
Fusing emotive synths, skittering guitars and propulsive electronics, the first version of the song was written 3 years ago: ‘It’s a song about trying to preserve the moment of falling in love, but ultimately being unable to’, explains singer Carlos Posada. ‘I fell quite deeply in love with someone who didn’t love me back, and it set off a pattern that started to continually repeat itself; a flying start and then an abrupt ending, as if someone had just switched off a light with no explanation. This song is about trying and failing to capture that initial moment in time; of pressing pause and holding the frame before it falls apart’.
Written, produced and engineered by the band, the song was finally finished earlier this year in remote France, the day it announced a national lockdown. A few hours later, they packed up their studio, travelling back through an eerily empty country to begin their own lockdown in the UK.
It was mixed by Matt Wiggins (Holy Fuck, Porridge Radio, The Fat White Family) and is accompanied by artwork made in collaboration with cinematographer Ann Evelin Lawford (100 Vaginas, Ghostpoet, The Japanese House, Sam Fender). Taking inspiration from Wim Wenders’ film about dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, the photo is the first in a series exploring memory and male fragility.
As well as writing new material, the band spent lockdown learning everything they could about the music industry and, like so many artists, working out how to survive in the post-Covid landscape. Out of this was born their own label, Emotional Interference, with the intention of giving the band ‘the freedom to make whatever we want, to take risks, and to only have ourselves to answer to’.
Low Island is made up of singer and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Posada, producer Jamie Jay, bass player Jacob Lively and jazz drummer Felix Higginbottom. Their off-kilter electronics have been lauded by NME, Wonderland, The Independent, The Times, The Line of Best Fit and more. Their last EP featured in 6music’s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson’s highlights of 2019, and was accompanied by a critically acclaimed UK tour in collaboration with Arts Council England. A full live performance from the tour is available here
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