Teenage duo Lowertown (Olivia Osby and Avsha Weinberg) return to preview “The Gaping Mouth”, the title track from their EP due out in September and it’s an irresistible, stop-you-in-your-tracks, alt-folk adventure.
Stream of consciousness vocals are scattered on top of dizzying, plucked acoustic guitar. Hints of the eerie campfire vibe of Animal Collective and (Sandy) Alex G grapple with occasional beeping synths, thumping bass and scraps of electric guitar. It’s a wild and offbeat journey but always engaging.
“It’s sort of about looking into that darkness, that scary place,” says Olivia and it’s certainly a song to get lost in if you let it. Like a forest path leading into the unknown but with the occasional breadcrumb trail of comfort, leading to some familiarity, before the landscape changes again. “The Gaping Mouth” is full of imagination, a delicate storm with sporadic waves of calmer, reassuring cycles of repetition.
“It’s our most honest and interesting work to date,’ says Avsha. ‘Most of our songs in the past have been sad songs, but this is our most mature work.’
The Gaping Mouth EP is out 16 September