DHP Presents: LOW ISLAND
plus Grace Lightman
Low Island are an Oxford-based electronic band featuring multi-instrumentalists/singers Carlos Posada and Jamie Jay, bassist/keyboardist Jacob Lively and drummer/percussionist Felix Higginbottom. All childhood friends (Lively and Posada go the furthest back, having known each other since the age of 5), Low Island are a band literally a lifetime in the making, playing music together in various combinations since first meeting each other, before finally settling with the current lineup two years ago.
The band come from a generation with a unique perspective: one that grew up first without, then with, social media, and one that became ‘politically conscious around the time of the ‘08 financial crash, with the subsequent political disintegration that has followed’. These issues, as well as the trials and triumphs of love and the neuroses that have become synonymous with millennials, are the principal subjects of their lyrics and the themes that run through their selfproduced music videos. Locked away in a small garage on the outskirts of Oxford, they have spent the last two years honing their electronic-driven sound.
Spring 2019 saw Low Island embark upon their most ambitious UK tour to date, as well as play a string of shows supporting Crystal Fighters in Europe and at London’s Brixton Academy. The band also released single ‘In Person’, co-produced with Miles James (Obongjayar, Nao). Representing a commitment to the more electronic side of their sound, the single was picked up by Lauren Laverne and subsequently playlisted on 6music. The song fused ‘70s-style analogue recording with a prescient subject: ‘the paradox of drifting apart from people as you grow up living in an increasingly connected world’. A remix package, including reworks from boundary-pushing Matthew Herbert, Percolate residents Krywald & Farrer and Low Island themselves, was released in May 2019.
Their next single, Search Box, ‘inspired by the idea that Google has become the world’s therapist’, was released in June alongside a self-produced music video and ‘Search Bot’ on the band’s website. The video featured a lone mouth (Posada’s) that buckled and contorted under the weight of the repeated questions in the song’s lyrics. Included in Spotify’s ‘The Indie List’, ‘Fresh Finds’ and ‘Hot New Bands’, 6music’s Tom Robinson described how the track ‘almost made me fall of my perch. We’ll have Low Island rocking the pyramid stage yet, mark my words,’ while Radio 1’s Jack Saunders lauded its ‘post-punk lyrics’.
After playing slots at festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness, Latitude, Open Air Zurich, Lost Village and Kendal Calling this summer, the band will take to the UK this autumn for their 4th headline tour entitled ‘Shut Out the Sun’. The tour takes its name from Michael Zielenziger’s Shutting Out the Sun which details the experiences of the Japanese Hikikomori: a generation of mostly young men who have shut themselves off from society because of perceived failings in their lives. Speaking of the tour, the band say:
‘The Hikikomori represent one extreme response to modern anxiety. The other is escapism. Shut Out the Sun is evocative of both; alone in your bedroom or immersed in the club. It’s a duality that we’re always trying to convey in our music.’