Lowly – Heba
Modern politics bears a quiet influence on this impressive debut album from Danish band Lowly, who borrowed their Syrian friend’s name for its title. Heba means ‘a gift from God’, and liberation from the horror at home for a new life in Scandinavia must have felt that way. The band say her story partly colours their LP. It is a sober and studied set of songs. Recent single Deer Eyes is a cry for romantic attention propelled by pretty synths that swerve off in avantpop directions. Mornings reunites friends, perhaps lovers, in a one-way conversation (“How’ve you been/I’ve been fine”) over driving percussion and a hazy, almost incongruous soundscape. Prepare The Lake is rather orthodox-preppy, with Pommerate a sub two minute sliver of a heaven-sent ballad.