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Heba is the debut album by hotly-tipped Danish quintet Lowly – as uniquely sensual, rhythmic and mesmerizing a brand of modern pop as you'll hear in 2017: restlessly inventive, exquisitely melodic, and defying easy categorization. The band describes their music as, "noise-pop, and everything in between." In this case, ‘noise' refers to the textures and treatments that the quintet mold from synths, laptop and guitar, which give Lowly's spacious songs unpredictable, shape-shifting qualities, iced by Nanna Schannong and Soffie Viemose's radiant voices – all brilliantly layered by the band and co-producer Anders Boll, Efterklang's long-trusted engineer/sound man.
Having tracked the band for a year, it was after seeing Lowly play the Spot festival in Aarhus that Bella Union skipper Simon Raymonde signed the band, which made its label debut in 2015 with the Sink Way Into Me EP. But it was autumn 2016's single "Deer Eyes" that confirmed the giant leap forward that is Heba. Further embellishing the album's scope and impact are guests Jacob Danielsen on tenor sax and bass clarinet and soprano singer Anna Maria Wierød on "Still Life," the album's spinetingling opener.
"There isn't a band out there today like them, which is thrilling," concludes Raymonde. "To make music that is both emotional and influential at this early stage, shows that Lowly are a band of limitless possibilities."