There isn’t a lot to be found online about New Jersey band Lowlight. On Facebook, only two words hint at the sound of the band’s upcoming debut LP: Roadhouse Chic. And yet, those two words say a lot about a band that is at once unpretentious and put-together, a band that draws from a well of trodden, rustic folk pathways while still creating a polished, indie sound that is very much of their time. Even their founding rings of serendipity—something like stumbling across a hopping juke joint along a lonely stretch of highway. While vocalist and guitar player Renee Maskin and drummer Colin Ryan were laying down tracks for a band that would soon fold, they hit it off with their recording engineer Derril Sellers (guitar, backing vocals) and his wife, Dana (keyboards, backing vocals), and the group began writing songs. Once they brought in Rey Rivera on bass, they had their winning formula, and began to put together Where Do We Go From Here, which will be released on August 26th.
Today, Elmore Magazine is premiering “Bones,” the first single from the upcoming release. Renee Maskin says of the track, ““Bones” tries to encapsulate what one might refer to as a “soul hangover”: an intensely amazing and beautiful drunken night followed by a period of time spent writhing in an unmade bed of self-loathing and despair. It’s the highs and lows. Memories and realizations. Pasts and presents. It’s a song that touches upon the thrill and the beauty of life and its expectations, while also recognizing its limitations.” The track is drenched in heavy, gauzy synth, which is offset by the lightest pulse of percussion, a combination that somehow mimics both the pendulous feel of a storm and also its lifting. Maskin’s nasal affect has a classic, warm tone that further parts the clouds and perfectly carries the song’s feel-good indie-melody.
Listen to “Bones” and check out Lowlight’s upcoming tour dates below. Preorder Where Do We Go From Here, out August 26th, here.
Lowlight Tour Dates:
8/11 – Codfish Hollow Barnstormers – Maquoketa, IA *
8/12 – Moe’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
8/14 – Circle A – Milwaukee,WI $
8/15 – Daytrotter Session & Show – Davenport, IA
8/16 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
8/17 – Ca d’Zan House Concerts – Cambridge, IL ^
8/18 – The Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
8/19 – Louder House – Chicago, IL
8/20 – Smokestack – Dubuque, IA
8/25 – Metuchen Rocks Street Fest – Metuchen, NJ
8/16 – Fat Baby – New York, NY
8/27 – HarboQue Laurence – Harbor, NJ
8/27 – Asbury Park Yacht Club – Asbury Park, NJ %
* w/ Lucius
$ w/ Ladders
^ w/ Flagship Romance
% w/ The Jolly Daggers and Francis Lombardi