The luminous dream pop of Lowtide’s Southern Mind

Southern MindThe new album from Melbourne's Lowtide, Southern Mind, is an airy daydream filled with luminous pop and melancholy shoegaze that creates a hypnotic cocktail of sights and sounds. Fans of their debut album will recognise their signature blend of melody and layers of mesmerising vocal harmonies, while newcomers will find a trance-like, lush forest of instrumentation to discover.

Lowtide first began their translucent journey in 2009, with Gabriel Lewis exploring ambient, textured guitar tones in his solo records. The group expanded into its current line up in 2010 with bassist and vocalist Lucy Buckeridge and drummer Anton Jakovljevic, and former member Giles Fielke. The beauty of the band is truly an exploration, which takes the listener on a journey through time and space. Surfy, jangly, and ambient guitar tones complement every aspect of Buckeridge's lucid voice. The album opens on the title track with a uniquely Australian take on the concept of 'south'. Whether talking about a landscape, politics or even the current state of the country, the group finds a collective mindset in their shared experience that translates into a variety of contexts.

Where songs "Alibi", the lead single, and "Fault Lines" are both about relationship breakdowns, the idea goes further, as Buckeridge explains: "South can be a positive thing, a change." That change swells and glistens with aqueous guitar tones and glistening melody as the vocals shift between male and female elements. There's almost a shift between light and dark as her words meld with Lewis'. Every song opens with that same water droplet effect that feels both refreshing and slightly spiritual in nature. It's uplifting and, at times, dreary in the same moment. Picture yourself walking along an infinite stretch of coastline, but the sky isn't blue. Even though the horizon is saturated with hazy grey, the sunlight pokes through and warms your bones. Those elements of shoegaze fuse so perfectly with the dream pop that the layers seem to go on forever.

The group's self-titled debut was met with critical acclaim in Rolling Stone and followed up with tours in Europe and Australia, including an appearance at End Of The Road Festival in the UK and New Zealand’s Camp A Low Hum. Certain elements on Southern Mind call to mind bands like DIIV, while others feel like the complexities of Beach House. Either way, there's a cool blue wave that washes over in each song. "A.C" grooves with an extended outro of layering and development, but every component is so well placed and architecturally sound that it feels like a moment of blissful brevity. That's the Lowtide effect.

Release: 16th February 2018, Opposite Number

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