Oxford electronic outfit Low Island share new “sleep-paralysis inspired” EP ahead of hometown show.
Oxford four-piece will be ending their year in the hometown at The Bullingdon, Oxford, 6 December, following the release of their new EP Shut Out The Sun.
From the reliance of search engines for life’s biggest and smallest conundrums on ‘Search Box’, to drifting apart from people as the world becomes evermore connected on ‘In Person’, Shut Out The Sun is an EP that frankly addresses the complexities and anxieties of modern life, magnified by a multidimensional electronic soundscape.
New, sleep-paralysis inspired single ‘When You Wake At Night’ follows recent single ‘Long Answer’ which showcases Low Island’s most expansive sound to date, and was co-produced by Oli Bayston/Boxed In – receiving props from the likes of The Times, NME, CLASH and BBC R1’s Jack Saunders.
The EP’s title takes its name from Michael Zielenziger’s book ‘Shutting Out the Sun’, which describes the experiences of the Japanese Hikikomori: a generation of mostly young men who have shut themselves off from society in their bedrooms because of perceived failings in their lives.
Explaining the title in more detail the band explains: “The Hikikomori represent one extreme response to modern anxiety. Another is escapism, and for us, Shut Out the Sun is evocative of both; alone in your bedroom or immersed in the club, both private and communal.
“It’s a duality that we’re often trying to convey in our music by setting these subjects against instrumentals that draw strongly upon dance music.”
In support of the EP Low Island will embark on a UK tour, their first headline shows following their stand-out gig supporting Crystal Fighters at Brixton Academy and a host of festival appearances this summer including Glastonbury, Latitude, Open Air Zurich, Reeperbahn and more.
The tour will encompass a special, one-off ‘Low Island and Friends’ show at London’s Electrowerkz on 6th November. Taking over the venue’s main room; the night will see a multi-arts showcase in the spirit of their sold out Scala show in 2018, where the venue was filled with dance and art installations, DJs and bands.
Low Island is multi-instrumentalists/singers Carlos Posada and Jamie Jay, bassist/keyboardist Jacob Lively and drummer/percussionist Felix Higginbottom.
‘Shut Out The Sun’ EP follows on from support by the likes of The Times, NME, CLASH, Dork, EARMILK, BBC R1’s Annie Mac & Jack Saunders and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson who said of ‘Search Box’, “Low Island are back – and their new single almost made me fall of my perch…we’ll have them rocking the Pyramid Stage yet, mark my words.”
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