Low Island Release New Single “Forever Is Too Long”
New Album “Life In Miniature” out November 4th
& Announce UK tour for Feb / March ’23
Low Island release new single ‘Forever Is Too Long’ as the final preview of upcoming sophomore album Life In Miniature – out November 4th via their own label Emotional Interference.
Described by the Oxford quartet as a ‘sonic photo album; a journey through three years of accelerated change that felt like a lifetime,’ Life in Miniature promises to be an exploratory exhibition – treading the line between granular, emotional introspection and Big Picture understanding and acceptance.
Built around cascading guitar arpeggios and vocalist Carlos Posada’s honeyed falsetto ‘Forever Is Too Long’ is perhaps the most personal example of this approach on the album, as vocalist Carlos details:
‘Forever Is Too Long is dedicated to my late grandfather, Robin – it’s a song about how we grieve, and is built out of both memories we shared together, but also things he said to me throughout my life. A poem he wrote for me once ended: ‘and always know, I’ll see you through, life’s ups and downs, my love is true.’
I wanted to immortalise those words in song, so I made them part of the chorus. For me, it’s a way of saying that whilst people move on, their words, their stories, their ideas stay with us. In my own grieving,
I found comfort in that.’
A remarkable journey from start to finish, the flourishing textures and rhythmic attributes allow the tonality to dazzle and resonate with this real sense of familiarity and comfort. As the audience hooks to the structure and the warmth from the sound, the delicate yet touching lyrics emphasize such strong emotional waves which cascade into the heart of this release. The tempo and the tones just deliver this moving pace and pull the audience to fixate on the organic essence of this ensemble.
It follows lead single ‘Can’t Forget’ and follow-up ‘Kid Gloves’, having already attracted support from key press champions (Rolling Stone, Clash), and BBC Radio 1 (Jack Saunders) and BBC 6 Music (Chris Hawkins) airplay. In the build-up to the album’s release, Low Island supported Hot Chip during their triumphant run at the iconic Brixton Academy in London, as well undertaking a mainland European tour.
As with all of the album creative, the track comes with artwork born out of a collaboration between Low Island, creative director and sculptor Freya Douglas Ferguson, photographer Brian Rankin and floral artist MOS, alongside a live video directed by the band themselves.
Their sophomore album follows acclaimed debut If You Could Have It All Again, an album that took stock of a 20s filled with false-starts, heartbreak and cyclical conflict, carving a path towards a better decade to come. It reached #17 in the UK Official Downloads Chart and #5 in the UK Independent Chart.
It was swiftly followed by EP Just Another Dreamer, where they continued to hone their delicate balance of stirring electronics, indie rock and infectious pop, with Double J’s Zan Rowe comparing the ‘euphoric nostalgia’ of single ‘Everything Before Us’ to Caribou and Foals. This balance is one they have been devotedly fine-tuning over the years, firmly rooted in an independence that extends to everything from managing themselves, writing and producing their own music, directing their own videos and releasing everything on their own record label, Emotional Interference.
It’s an independence that is paying off. The release of both album and EP resulted in sold out gigs across the UK, a packed out London Village Underground show and an announcement of their first EU Headline Tour. It has brought them accolades from The Line of Best Fit, Rolling Stone and PASTE, alongside play-listing from Double J, Deutschlandfunk Nova, NDR 2, with further support from KCRW, Triple J and BBC Radio1. It has found them champions in BBC 6music’s Lauren Laverne and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, who has previously lauded the band’s ‘unbelievable…soulful, intellectual creativity.’
Paving the way for independent artists with their cathartic anthems about love, loss and life, Low Island follow in the lineage of Oxford bands Radiohead, Glass Animals and Foals: tenacious, free-spirited and fearless.
2023 Live Dates
23rd February – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
24th February – YES Pink Room, Manchester
25th February – Strange Brew, Bristol
1st March – Brighton, Patterns
2nd March – Oval Space, London
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM: https://low-island.lnk.to/lim