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Low Island Release ‘Who’s Having The Greatest Time?’ + Announce UK Tour

April 5, 2021
Photo Credit: Evelin Van Rei

Low Island release ‘Who’s Having The Greatest Time?’

Announce UK tour for September

Debut album ‘If You Could Have It All Again’ out April 16th via Emotional Interference

Oxford quartet Low Island release new single ‘Who’s Having The Greatest Time?, ahead of their highly anticipated debut album ‘If You Could Have It All Again’ – out April 16th via Emotional Interference. The four-piece also announce a UK headline tour in September in support of the album. 

Who’s Having The Greatest Time?’, premiered on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show, is perhaps the best example of the influence the band take from New Wave and Art-Rock – the verses akin to the bouncy, arch tones of Talking Heads or LCD Soundsytem in delivery. This is married with the bristling electronics that bring it into the signature sound, taking cues from CaribouNicholas JaarMatthew Dear and Radiohead.  

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter in this instance Jamie Jay explains the lyrical meaning: 

“Who’s Having The Greatest Time? is about the negative performative nature of Instagram, an environment which is constantly telling you that everyone only wants to see strength and victories, but seeing either of these makes us consistently depressed and insecure. The song is from the point of view of someone challenging a friend about how they both have come to use the platform. They then toy with the tempting and liberating idea of leaving the whole thing behind for good.”  

This plays into the overarching themes of the album – a liberation from a 20s filled with cyclical-conflict and false starts. A cathartic goodbye to the things that are holding us back, in a perpetual state of limbo.   

Low Island are the real deal. This outfit craft the most insatiable and compelling compositions right now. Their forthcoming album must be one of the most highly anticipated releases of this year and it’s so close to being able to own! Their latest single once again captures this insatiable melody mixed with this wild attitude.

Acclaim for Low Island spreads far and wide – notably Radiohead’s Phil Selway and Peter Gabriel are professed fans. At press, indie titles (NMEDIY), breaking culture zines (CRACKClash) and broadsheets (The IndependentThe Times) alike have championed. On the airwaves Zane Lowe at Apple MusicAnnie MacGemma Bradley and Greg James at BBC Radio 1; and Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music are all supporters. 

Live the band have gone from strength to strength, selling out London’s Scala as well as regional shows around the UK, supporting Crystal Fighters at London’s Brixton Academy and across Europe, and making festival appearances at GlastonburyReading and LeedsPrimaveraLollapalooza Berlin and Latitude.  

The support built up so far has resulted in around 8 million streams across platforms before an album has been released. Highlights including support from Spotify on New Music Friday UKIndie PopAll New IndieThe Indie ListIndie Palace and a cover slot on Peach. Additionally, Amazon Music chose ‘Don’t Let The Light In’ as one of their Best Songs of 2020, and a placement in the vaunted FIFA 21 soundtrack has aided in discovery. 

Low Island are Carlos Posada (vocals/multi-instrumentalist), Jamie Jay (Backing vocals/multi instrumentalist/producer), Jacob Lively (Bass and keys) and Felix Higginbottom (Percussion/Drums).  

Who’s Having The Greatest Time?’ is out now via Emotional Interference, ahead of debut album ‘If You Could Have It All Again’ on April 16th.  

Live Dates
September 3rd: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
September 14th: Manchester, Yes Basement 
September 15th: Brighton, Hope and Ruin
September 17th: London, Moth Club
September 25th: Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol
September 26th: Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham  

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