Exposure is our scrapbook of our favourite new bands. Today's exposure features features Totonto singer-songstress Lowell.

  • Name: Lowell
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Genre: Singer-songstress
  • For Fans of: Lykke Li, Olafur Arnolds
  • Website: Facebook

I wish I'd first heard of Lowell in the flesh; unannounced, her unassuming, slight frame producing affecting, playfully off-kilter vocals of a giddy high pitch contrasted with huskier, drawled melodies.

Of course, I'd not have known to go along to the intimate Notting Hill Arts Club showcase if I'd never heard her before. Here she showcased her looped vocals, tender keys and charmingly self-deprecating stage-patter, and ultimately the impression was very much that Lowell is a solo performer first and foremost (or at least is more than capable of being so) and the singer of an Apparatjk project second.

It’s pop, set at a tangent, similar in attitude to Lykke Li, before looping into Mew territory (Jonas, indeed, features on the EP version of 'Kids') and spiraling into more morose, soulful territory on compositions such as 'Birds' and 'That’s The Thing About Us', all demonstrating a song-writing flexibility and unbridled imagination. Captivating live too, despite the lack of supporting instrumentation Lowell compensated by the aforementioned vocal loops, to build up gradual walls of sound that she’d later go on to smash, tinkling, in sudden crescendo followed by surreptitious quietude.

All in all this little gig showcased an evidently burgeoning talent and live, or otherwise, I'd recommend you get rapidly acquainted, especially if you like your singer/songwriters thoughtful and with that slightly askance look at the norm typified by Lowell’s Scandinavian counterparts.

By Danny Wadeson