Manchester’s Sara Lowes is set to release her debut album, Back To Creation, in May. It is a beauty – a mixture of Northern Soul and nu-folk – and as sunny as a Spring morning with a hint of an April shower. Sara has toured as a session musician with the likes of The Earlies and Jim Noir, but Back To Creation sees her showcasing her own tunes. And it is wonderful – ‘Something I Don’t Know’ sounds like a vintage Detroit heartbreaker, while the title track is mixes Goldfrapp icy-pop with Beatles-brass.
I’m hoping to interview Sara for a future feature article. In the meantime, check out some of her songs here: http://www.myspace.com/saralowes
Early in the week I got lucky. On a trip to London, I was invited by one of my favourite band – Chew Lips – to watch them rehearse ahead of their imminent European tour. Their debut album Unicorn was one of my favourite albums of 2010, so I was delighted to be asked for a sneaky listen to their new stuff.
In a compact and bijou room in the mean streets of the East End, the band amazed me with a 20-minute blitz of some amazing new songs. Tigs and James were on sparkling form. They played me three new songs – both ‘Eagle’ and ‘Rocks’ sounded particularly impressive. Tigs’ vocal still soar. Their sound is fuller, deeper and less reliant on electronic wizardry. This may be, in part, to an addition to their live act – they now boast a fabulous drummer called Asia.
We then retired to a local hostelry for a swift beer, where James and Tigs were eager for me to listen to a demo of another new track called ‘Do You Chew?’ Even in embryonic form, it is a monster of a song, meshing their ‘future classic pop’ sound to something more sinister, along with a loping breakbeat groove.
It’s astonishing stuff – I’m now very excited about a new album. Their European tour starts in Poland before winding it’s way across the continent. For anyone in the capital, Chew Lips play London’s Bush Hall on 5th April. Go and see this magnificent band!
Check out their website here for full details of the upcoming gigs: http://chew-lips.com/