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September 15, 2011

Lowe – “Evolver” – Viva Music Album Review

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Tracklist: “Alpha Bravo” * “Mirage” * “Breathe in, Breathe Out” * “Adorable” * “Live to Love” * “Half the Double Speed” * “Alone in the Dark” * “Forever” * “EdT

About Lowe:

Lowe are: Leo Josefsson (vocals); Rickard Gunnarsson (bass, backing vocals, synthesizer); Tobias Ersson (synthesizers, backing vocals).

Lowe discography (albums): “Evolver” (2011); “Kino International” (2008); “Tenant” (2004).

The third album from Swedish electro pop noir trio Lowe is out! With the teasing name “Evolver”, at the shortest distance from their #1 Swedish iTunes Alternative Charts topping single “Breathe in, Breathe Out”. A young band, formed only in 2004, they were the wunderkinds who got “best song”, “best newcomer”, and “best album” awards at the Scandinavian Music Awards with their first album alone. Sharing their time between Stockholm and Berlin, they were the first non-US band to be aired live on The Real Radio Show from Times Square in NY. Having extensively toured Europe and the US, Lowe are often put side by side with acts such as The Cure, Kent, New Order, and Visage, with whom they’ve also shared the stage during tours.

Evolver”, their third album to date, is described by lead singer Leo Josefsson as their darkest to date, providing a mixture of synths and disco balls and cutting new ground while coming up with their most homogenous album.

Lowe – “Evolver” – Viva Music Review:

Getting through the thick mist of “Alpha Bravo” is the trial of fire of the album – a polyvalent song that starts off on an experimental and instrumental vibe and builds up anthemic zest with very delicate and tender but firmly voiced lyrics. Enriched with a traveler’s vision through adverse natural phenomena to their destination is fueled by a very strong feel and makes a difference as being novel, fresh and keeping it dark. “Mirage”, the ensuing track, is at the same time redolent of early Covenant and has a deeper and darker Scandinavian shine, and also a standalone musical trompe l’oeil in which various reflections of darkness are to be unveiled before the listener. The very much likeable and chart-topping “Breathe in, Breathe out”, which we had the opportunity to listen to before, is also a great song, spiraling in and out of unknown pulmonary cavities and turning into a very qualified, able-bodied dance hymn. (more…)

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