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Lowtide

Southern Mind - Inc. Ulrich Schnauss, Josefin Ohrn, Vive La Void, Lost Horizons And Black Cab Remixes

    Following the release of their critically acclaimed album Southern Mind in February this year, Melbourne’s Lowtide return with Southern Mind Remixed. A project born out of a boundless knowledge and joint love for the unique and experimental, this is yet another progression for Lowtide. With Ulrich Schnauss, Vive La Void (Sanae Yamada/Moon Duo), Josefin Ohrn and The Liberation, Lost Horizons and Black Cab taking the controls on a largely guitar-based album The Southern Mind Remixed EP is out on an extremely limited hot pink 12”.

    Melbourne’s Lowtide’s first began to crystallise into existence in 2009 and the current line-up includes guitarist Gabriel Lewis, bassist/vocalist Lucy Buckeridge, drummer Anton Jakovljevic and guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Cole. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014, which truly defined Lowtide’s sound and was met with critical acclaim with Fairfax writing of the album, “There is a synthesis of aural texture and melodic sensibility that is so compelling it verges on hypnotic”.

    In 2017, Lowtide’s self-titled debut, alongside their ‘Julia/Spring’ 7", was released internationally via London label Opposite Number, and went on to feature in Rough Trade’s ‘Best Albums of 2016’. The band has since embarked on national and European tours, been nominated for The AMP (Australian Music Prize), received international support via BBC 6 Music, KCRW & more and played multiple festivals including NZ’s Camp A Low Hum and the recent End Of The Road Festival in the UK. 

    This year saw the band release their much-anticipated second album, Southern Mind, via Opposite Number and Rice Is Nice and was premiered in it’s entirety by Henry Rollins on KCRW. The album was recorded at The Aviary Studios in Victoria in the winter of 2017 and is what the band describe as an organic progression from their previous releases. With fleshed out lyrical motifs and a custom 6 string bass in the mix to enrich Lowtide’s signature layers of melody, Southern Mind has seen widespread applause throughout the dream pop community and to many corners of the globe.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 12" Info: Limited edition hot pink vinyl.

    Originally known as Three Month Sunset, Lowtide came together in Melbourne in 2009. Following the release of their debut EP (2010) and the Underneath Tonight 7” (2011), Lowtide continued to refine their live show playing locally and all around Australia, as well as travelling to New Zealand. They played some of the biggest festivals in the region including Boogie! Festival and Applecore Festival in Victoria, before headlining Fasterlouder’s Melbourne Music Week show in 2014.

    Blending upbeat dream pop with melancholy shoegaze, the band create a complex, layered sound. Wrapped in a warm glow of chiming guitars and compelling melodies, ”Southern Mind” soars with Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon’s mesmerising dual vocals weaving astute harmonies. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: Carrying on from where their self-titled debut left off, this is a collection of gorgeous shimmering pop songs with Lucy and Giles' shared vocals floating over washes of reverby guitars. Although musically, The Chameleons, Sisters of Mercy and The Cure could all be used as reference points, the sweet vocals steer the overall sound in a more dreampop direction than these pointers would suggest.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Transparent Green Vinyl.

    H. Grimace

    Royal Hush / Excavations

      Acting as the first release since 2015's sold out “I Am Material” tape, “Royal Hush” reveals a sharper and more emphatic feel to the band's already unrelenting output. These new songs have been recorded with long standing engineer and friend Rory Attwell and mixed by both Rory and Ben Greenberg formerly of ‘The Men’ who the band met and found an instant affinity for on their 30 date US tour last year. H. Grimace’s integral guitar pairing of Marcus Browne and Hannah Gledhill now masterfully hone in on their part shoegaze, part post-punk compositions which lays the foundations for the enigmatic duo, from Yorkshire and Melbourne respectively, to make their mark this year with a vigorously captivating live show to match. (For fans of Pixies, Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter, Women Body/Head)

      Melbourne quartet Lowtide have released the opening track and in turn announced the release of their self-titled debut which was launched by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music this week.

      The Line of Best Fit have also shown early support for the band by premiering the single which sees the band inaugurate new London label Opposite Number as Lowtide look to breach their shores this summer by releasing their first full length to the world on all formats.

      Superficially, it would seem relatively easy to define Lowtide’s music. Their reverb drenched, richly layered and heavily textured sound inhabits that celestial world where the sonics of Spacemen 3, Sparklehorse and Slowdive swoop and soar. And yet, crucially Lowtide pave a prodigal path of their own with one of the most majestic Australian albums in recent years.

      Previous releases include the ‘Julia/Spring’ 7 inch single in Australia which came out via Lost & Lonesome to critical acclaim. It featured a cover of the Asylum Party classic ‘Julia’ and has received consistent airplay from Henry Rollins on KCRW since.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Transparent red vinyl with download card.


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