Release Date: 16 February 2018
Blending upbeat dream pop with melancholy shoegaze, the band create a complex and compelling sound. Their signature layers of melody belie the ferocious heart within, enhanced by fleshed-out lyrical motifs and mesmerising vocal harmonies.
Lowtide first began to crystallise into existence in 2009, with Gabriel Lewis exploring ambient, textured guitar tones in his solo recordings. In 2010, the outfit expanded into its current line-up to form Lowtide, with bassist/vocalist Lucy Buckeridge and drummer Anton Jakovljevic joining the fold, alongside former member Giles Fielke, who departed the band following the completion of the new record.
Lowtide’s self-titled debut album, which was released via Lost & Lonesome in July 2014, truly defined their sound and was met with critical acclaim, including a four star review in Rolling Stone who wrote; “The album houses a perfect mix of the driving and drifting, with songs changing shape right before our ears”.
That album, alongside their Julia/Spring 7’’, got a second lease of life in 2016 with an international release via London label Opposite Number, and went on to feature in Rough Trade’s Best Albums of 2016.
The band have since embarked on Australian and UK/EU tours, been nominated for The AMP (Australian Music Prize), received international support via BBC 6 Music, Henry Rollins (KCRW) and more. They have played several festivals including End Of The Road Festival in the UK and NZ’s Camp A Low Hum.
Southern Mind is a startlingly stunning album, bursting with ambition and tension, loud yet restrained, from a band with the elegance and passion to create something truly remarkable.