Lowly's debut album, Heba (Bella Union), out this Friday, sees the young Danish band establish its own sonic footprint. Together, Nanna Schannong, Soffie Viemose, Kasper Staub, Thomas Lund, and Steffen Lundtoft—who all met while studying music in Aarhus, Denmark—form a harmonious noise pop group that embraces the variety of their backgrounds and opinions.
Below, we're pleased to premiere "Mornings," one of Heba's instrumentally upbeat tracks. Soffie Viemose calmly sings about a disappointing friendship that's gaining distance, but the track's energetic drums and synths introduce a sense of optimism and resolve. "The song is about the moment when you realize that a person whom you used to be close with isn't anymore," explains Nanna Schannong. "You realize that it's better to just keep the conversation clean to avoid any struggle."
"Mornings" is characteristic of the textured, imaginative soundscapes that Lowly crafts: about halfway in, orderly beats surprisingly shift into an explosive series of new sounds. The track's controlled yet unpredictable quality is the result of concentrated teamwork, which remains key to Lowly's process as they move past their debut. "When you are creating art together with four [other] people it is important to be able to figure out what you are expressing as an individual in order to make something that matters collectively," says Schannong. "To know when it is best to pass on something dear to you in order to open it up."
HEBA (BELLA UNION) IS OUT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017. FOR MORE ON LOWLY, VISIT THEIR FACEBOOK.