Copenhagen quartet Lower, who released their widely praised debut ‘Seek Lower Climes’ last year on Matador, unveil a new digital EP titled’ I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son’, scheduled for September 11 release. The first single, “At The Endless Party,” premieres today via The FADER. Adrian Toubro’s baritone drips with drama and melancholy, pleading “Come on sweetheart, take me as I am / Drag me to your chamber and toss me around,” atop the pounding, ritualistic drums of a funeral procession.
The Copenhagen quartet Lower is made up of members of other bands including Age Coin, Olymphia, Vår, Marching Church, Sexdrome and more. Their intense music sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground music forebears. But Lower – Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann (guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) – also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry, resulting in hugely ambitious and deeply personal sonic spaces.
Certainly, you don’t have to dig deep to hear how far Lower’s music sits from the traditional concerns of modern rock music. Adrian Toubro’s lyrics are finely wrought emotional dramas that, in their poetic construction and raw honesty of delivery, gesture to the music of Walker or Leonard Cohen.
The new songs on I’m A Lazy Son… But I’m The Only Son are still forceful and urgent, but they mark a step towards an almost fragile sensibility. Lyrically, Toubro allowed himself time for much self-reflection between the release of Seek Lower Climes and this new recording, utilizing his inner thoughts and experiences to craft beguiling tales of sex and death, truth and deceit, glamor and decay. Asger Hartvig, leadsinger of the band Synd Og Skam and member of the deeply inspiring Af Med Hovedet community in Copenhagen, helped mold the songs beyond what was originally intended, into something theatrical and powerful, but, says Toubro, “more like resting on a divan instead of running a riot.”
1. At The Endless Party
2. Keep Me In Mind
3. Get Back On That Rack!
4. Hot And Bothered
5. Nasty Business
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