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As far as Danish noise-pop debuts go, “Heba” by Lowly, a quintet who formed as a result of the member’s time spent together at musical academy, Aarhus, Denmark, is one of the best. Multilayered instrumentation, which sees vocals, guitars, synths, and laptops laid atop one another to create a vivid and textured bed of sound, really is the star of this release.


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Heba by Lowly
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 February 2017
The more decrepit amongst us will remember when to hear an album you had to buy a CD which would cost you £16 or so (manufacturing cost about 5p.... and the music industry wonders where things went wrong). Anyway this is the sort of record that would have driven you mad back in those days as it’s another example of a record front loaded with some really decent tunes only to fade fast as it progresses.   Opener ‘Still Life’ is rather superb, a brilliantly evocative piece of electronic pop that sounds sort of like Propaganda and Mew playing at the same time with a rather brilliant ‘chorus’ hook of a descending synth motif and babbling voices. On ‘Deer Eyes’ singer Soffie Viemose comes across as the female ying to Mew’s Jonas Bjerre’s yang with sweeping grandiose vocals that edge towards a great synth driven chorus with shades of Animal Collective in the wobbling wavering melodies. Lowly have a great sound that seems to marry electronics with real life skittering drums, it’s clear and true and Viemose’s voice is rather affecting throughout. ‘Mornings’ too has a nice ravey synths which combine sweetly with drums that sound like Jaki Liebezeit reincarnated as a machine but once the first few songs are over then the only thing lacking is good hooks.   They have their sound down pat but everything after track 4 flies by pleasantly without really grabbing in the same way as the opening tracks do. Promising though.   

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