• sara lowes All for the Dream (With the Means of a Well Planned Getaway) (CD EP, £8.25)

    label: Red Deer Club

    "With a voice somewhere between Alison Goldfrapp and Joni Mitchell, and songs that veer between folk, Brill Building pop and Dexys Midnight Runners-esque soul, Sara Lowes is a curious proposition." - Q. Most likely to be heard crafting a Twin Peaks style soundtrack or an old British '70s cop show groove, Sara Lowes songs bubble with everything from the primordial soup of Technicolor pop, to acoustic folk, through jazz, and kaleidoscopic prog. To adopt so many styles as her own anyone would think Lowes a girl with severe ADD or plenty time on her hands, yet neither could be further from the truth. Since the release of 2011's debut LP Back To Creation, Manchester-via-the-North East musician and writer Lowes has found herself in hot demand. Blame The Earlies. Since touring with them at 21, having learned the piano from her mother and church organist grandmother at an early age, her musical path was mapped out working with the likes of Daniel Johnston, King Creosote and Jesca Hoop. The past 12 months have seen Lowes stealing moments to herself between trips to Sweden as a session player for Jens Lekman, not to mention touring as a permanent band member of Marina & The Diamonds' live set up. Garnering comparisons to the sass of Debbie Harry, the airy vocals of Alison Goldfrapp through Dexys style ludes and Beatles-esque brass, this somewhat belated E.P. only reinforces Lowes' skill for fusing classic influences through thoroughly modern composition. It's hardly kooky, rather unveiling itself as a whole other world of something far more interesting. "I like how songs can turn and change throughout their course," she says. "I don't expect songs to be verse chorus, verse chorus anymore. So I don't attempt to write like that."

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