Introducing: Low Chimes

Low ChimesSupported by a stream of online tastemakers and tipped by the likes of Guy Garvey and Lauren Laverne, Low Chimes are storming onto the scene with their distinctive brand of alternative folk rock.

Their latest single "Blood Orange" is a gorgeously crafted song, underpinned by Lachlan McLellan's warbling bass lines, Jack Page's splashes of electric guitar and Rob Pemberton's shuffling drums. The instrumentation bears a certain brooding intensity, while Marianne Parrish's dreamy vocals drift effortlessly over them, giving the song its folk timbre. The guitar parts are layered beautifully: listened to with headphones, guitar chords and lines spring up from different sides, giving it a certain playfulness. The song builds in the middle, with a driving blues guitar riff moving into a gentler bridge; palm muted lines, à la London Grammar, dance throughout the track, maintaining its momentum. The arrangement is simple, and crafted to perfection.

Parrish recently linked the new track to her youthful memories of visiting Sweden: "For the first time in a while I was in a settled and happy place," she explained. "I had a feeling of visceral joy that I wanted to hang onto, but also a sense of it being transient; 'Blood Orange' represents my refusal to let this sense overshadow the moment."

It's hard to identify any direct inspirations from the song itself, though the groove is reminiscent of The Divine Comedy's Regeneration. "Blood Orange" is the second single from their debut album, Illumine, out in the autumn, and given the eclectic mix of styles within the song itself, we can expect a varied and engaging record. Fresh from a set at Glastonbury with BBC Introducing, the band are sure to create quite a buzz over the coming months.

Find out more about Low Chimes at their Facebook page, and watch the video for "Blood Orange" below



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