Sara Lowes

Sara Lowes’ music is perky, poppy and very clever. If Sean O’Hagan from The High Llamas ever jammed with Jane Weaver and The Nice they might come close to sounding a bit like her latest EP. But they haven’t, so for now Sara is alone in her kaleidoscopic prog groove. The past 12 months has seen the Mancunian songwriter work with Jens Lakeman, The Earlies and Marina and the Diamonds. We grabbed 30 seconds in her busy schedule to find out more.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 26 Jul 2013
  • min read
Sara Lowes’ music is perky, poppy and very clever. If Sean O’Hagan from The High Llamas ever jammed with Jane Weaver and The Nice they might come close to sounding a bit like her latest EP. But they haven’t, so for now Sara is alone in her kaleidoscopic prog groove.

From basslines straight out of Stereolab’s nineties-era songbook to submerged seventies prog references, Sara almost verges on pastiche. But she always manages to bring it back to the present with fresh melodies and a strong sense of the moment.

I Find You, the lead vocal track from June’s All For the Dream EP, is a generous slice of psych-funk that throbs with a greedy groove. One minute you hear northern soul, the next squelching rhythms, before cartwheeling brass and vintage keyboards slide in to cement the jam.

The Manchester musician and songwriter is regularly joined both in the studio and on-stage by Chorlton natives Christian and Nicky Madden from The Earlies, having first forged a friendship with the brothers when joining their touring band aged 21.

The past 12 months have seen Sara stealing moments to herself between trips to Sweden as a session player for Jens Lekman and touring as a band member of Marina & The Diamonds' live set-up. She’s also found the time to finish a follow-up to her debut 2011 LP Back To Creation.

We caught up with her in between gigs and recording to find out more about her songwriting inspiration.

I first started writing music because…
In my head , I already thought I could do it.

I have been making music since…
I was 18.

My music is…  
A mixture of all my creative influences, recording music with my best friends and the product of my growing ambition to write good new music.

You’ll like me if you listen to…
Proggish pop.

My favourite venue is…   
The Deaf Institute in Manchester.

Music is important because… 
It's for everyone.

My biggest inspiration is…
The Beatles.

My dream collaboration would be…  
Ry Cooder.

To try us out, listen to my song…  
I Find You. 

If I wasn't making music I’d be…  
An average photographer.

In 10 years time I want to be…
Busy writing and still enjoying it.

http://saralowes.co.uk

Photo credit: Emily Dennison