Ahead of their most ambitious UK headline tour to date this Spring, and dates in support to Crystal Fighters, Oxford-based electronic outfit Low Island return with ‘In Person’, their first new music for 2019.
Born in the early ‘90s, Low Island come from a generation with a unique perspective, one that grew up first without, then with, social media, and one that became politically conscious “when politics started getting properly shit again”. These issues, as well as the trials and triumphs of love and the neuroses that have become synonymous with millennials, are the principal subjects of their lyrics and the themes that run through their music.
Co-produced with Miles James (Obongjayar, Nao), ‘In Person’ is a further commitment to the electronic side of their sound, fusing ‘70s-style analogue recording with a prescient subject; the paradox of drifting apart from people as you grow up living in an increasingly connected world.
‘In Person’ has received support from tastemakers including NME, DUMMY, Tsugi, Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, Oki-Ni and more. Laverne said of the track; “I love it so much, that was so my bag – I have a special place in my heart for funk that has a slight thread of anxiety running through it. This totally has that and I love it!”
Low Island’s third and most recent EP landed a BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale session for Huw Stephens, and saw sold out UK shows including London’s Scala. This outing saw the band collaborating with a different visual artist in each city they played, captured as a short-form documentary by DIY magazine.
Collaboration has, in their own words, “enabled us to learn and develop relationships outside of our own creative bubble, and gives us a break from arguing amongst ourselves”. Their last EP This Other Life saw them collaborate with house producer Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs in a playful ‘The Whole World Tucked Away’ remix.
Locked away in a small garage on the outskirts of Oxford, a city that their friends “have all left in the pursuit of work that pays”, the band have now amassed a wealth of new material that will see its first outing on their upcoming headline tour.
To date, Low Island have sold out shows across the UK, made festival appearances at Latitude, Reading & Leeds, Womad and Kendal Calling, as well European shows at Primavera Club, Barcelona and Lollapalooza Berlin. This March will also mark their return to Europe, with shows in support to Crystal Fighters through Switzerland, Austria and Belgium before London’s Brixton Academy on April 4th.
Low Island is multi-instrumentalists/singers Carlos Posada and Jamie Jay, bassist/keyboardist Jacob Lively and drummer/percussionist Felix Higginbottom.
TOUR DATES (Tickets https://lowislandmusic.com/pages/tour-dates)
15 – Liverpool, Phase One
16 – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
20 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
21 – Brighton, Green Door Store
26 – Bristol, Thekla
27 – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
29 – Switzerland, Winterthur Salzhaus (w/ Crystal Fighters)
30 – Austria, Vienna, Arena Vienna (w/ Crystal Fighters)
1 – Belgium, Brussels, Ancienne Belgigue (w/ Crystal Fighters)
3 – Glasgow, Broadcast
4 – London, Brixton Academy (w/ Crystal Fighters)