LowRay (from the album Friends and the Fakers available on SueQue Records)
Midwest duo LowRay (Daniel Fowlds – guitar/vocals, James Irving - drums) gathered together a group a likeminded Indie-Americana infused musicians at the Terrarium in Minneapolis, Minnesota to record Friends and the Fakers, their latest release. Memories play out in stark black and white images for “Palisade”, the story backed by cascading sonics that crash around a coulda-been tale that has reached a dead end. The title track opens Friends and the Fakers on a bright jangle of guitars with Pop-sweet harmonies and a solid beat as LowRay map out a path to “There’s a Place” with an assured rock’n’roll rhythm, threaten “Sooner or Later” with guitar swagger, and add a touch of Country to pack for the space travel in “Western Song”.
Finding peers in bands whose record collections influenced beyond a one-genre label, LowRay hears a blend of styles in their sound, their own music affected by artists that ‘mix it up with songs that had, say, a country feel, then follow it up with some R&B or soul. I have a pretty wide set of influences—Blues, Jazz, Power Pop—I want to incorporate all these different elements’. Power Pop comes in a three-chord dream as “Waiting for You” hits the chorus with Beatelsque harmonies while Friends and the Fakers spends a “Lonely Tuesday Night” soundtracked with Rock grandeur and stomps out a bittersweet love song with “Track Tapes” while LowRay tenderly offer “I’m Sorry” and watch a spiralling relationship with slowly unraveling rhythms as it rises up to grasp freedom in “Let Me Be”.
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