Monday, 12 October 2020

LISTEN: Low Island - 'Don't Let The Light In'

Kicking off the week beautifully with a new tune from one of my favourite bands in the world... Oxford's Low Island have recently shared their first new track in over a year and I am loving it. If you noticed a later than normal playlist update this weekend you can blame both the fact that I was working on Friday, and that I kept listening to this one on repeat. As distractions go, it's all kinds of lovely. Don't Let The Light In is released on the band's own label Emotional Interference, and features on the new FIFA 2021 soundtrack (huge!)

Coming into life originally three years ago, the track was finished earlier this year in remote France, where the band were recording until the day that a national lockdown was announced. Written, produced and engineered by the band themselves, the track was mixed by Matt Wiggins and has artwork made in collaboration with cinematographer Ann Evelin Lawford. Listen below... 

Talking about the track, singer Carlos Posada explains "it's a song about trying to preserve the moment of falling in love, but ultimately being unable to. 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." 

I was delighted to hear recently that the band had been awarded the PPL Momentum Fund bursary by the PRS Foundation, which they're using to help record their debut album (ahh!!!!) Having spent lockdown working on new material, they've also been using the time to learn everything that they could about the industry, choosing to set up their own label in order to have, the band says, "the freedom to make whatever we want, to take risks, and to only have ourselves to answer to." 

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