Lowe Minor

REVIEW: ‘Gaps’ (EP) – Lowe Minor

Lowe Minor – “Gaps” (EP)

“Gaps” in the debut EP from Nashville based singer and songwriter Lowe Minor. The first and introductory from the young artist, Lowe captures electro-synth beats with R&B rhythms and sometimes hip-hop and pop drop in for an all round musical odyssey. This is comes across no better than in the opening track, “Get Your Likes Up”, with its trap hook but with the smoothness and sensuality of a down-tempo pop ballad.

Lowe has lots of angst to vent and emotions to share with the second track, “Inertia”, which offers the same synth atmosphere of the previous track with gorgeously sampled vocals but with a tinge of sadness about its story. Lowe clearly prefers a slower paced tune than something racy and in your face with which put across his feelings. Or does he…

Lowe explains: “A lot of ‘Gaps’ was recorded at home. I also worked quite a bit with one of my longtime friends and collaborators, Adam Bokesch, who works out of Pentavarit Studios in Nashville. Adam is an excellent composer and producer, and anyone with an interest in ambient or synthwave music should check him out. In writing these songs, I loved the idea of taking 80s/90s Hip Hop and R&B sensibilities and just shifting/updating the terminology and production a bit. There are nods to everyone from Ready for the World and Jon B. to Frank Ocean and Drake. I wanted ‘Gaps’ to have obvious through lines from start to finish, both lyrically and sonically. I wish “tragicomedy” wasn’t such an overblown sounding word, because I think it’s the most accurate description of what I was trying to accomplish. I love to mix moody and layered tracks with subject matter that’s much more superficial or ridiculous. There’s a lot of pining and whining on the EP, but there’s a self-awareness as well that I hope makes people smile, wryly or otherwise”.

The title track is straight out of 1982, Tron, 2-bit arcade games this is a Commodore electrowave pop number, with an instant early-mid 80’s beat that transports you the land of two lines into the distant screen as you ride out into the unknown. Lowe keeps the pace going with “Last Time” which repeats the retro heritage of “Gaps” with an often start-stop heartbeat soundtrack allowing Lowe to push his vocals to the forefront and showcase not only his ability as a programmer or player but as vocalist. “Polyester” closes this five-track debut and returns to the ambient trip-quick beats of the opening tune. Dark and moody in places, the song uses hard lyrics and closes with Lowe rapping his goodbye words to you, who has ripped his heart out.

This is a verbal and vocal collection of entry tunes from a young man who has been emotionally tortured. He has ‘gaps’ in his life and his soul and this is his way of venting those feelings, but in doing so, moving forward into a better place and a happier place for himself. This is a rollercoaster of styles and genres but if you want my opinion, the best is to be found in track 3 and 4 and hopefully that will shine a light on what we can expect from Lowe Minor in the future.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!