Produced by ex-Soul Asylum keyboard player Joey Huffman (who had already contributed to 2010 release Gypsy Child) Lowlands explore and explode the boundaries of what they had previously achieved releasing what is their most eclectic record. 10 brand new tracks, from punk rock to acoustic ballads, which capture the exuberance and variety of their live shows. Rock’n’folk.
The album was recorded over 6 days in Northern Italy. Featuring Lowlands’ regular guests Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner (Marah, Magnolia Electric Co.) and Harp virtuoso Richard Hunter.
The album traces the arc of the band in its darkest days and heralds the end of a story which had begun to being told with their debut album “The Last Call”.
The stunning cover shot (photo by Andy Bitterer) is a clear reference to one of the album’s understated themes: how the night is at its darkest right before dawn.
Formed in 2008 in Pavia outside Milan by British-born singer-songwriter Edward Abbiati, LOWLANDS quickly established themselves in mainland Europe with their debut album The Last Call, and have made a number of friends on the international scene leading to a co-write with Tim Rogers of Australia’s You Am I, a duet with the lovely Amanda Shires (Jason Isbell, Rod Picott, Justin Townes Earle, Matthew Ryan) and guest appearances from ex Soul Asylum Joey Huffman, and ex-Green On Red organist Chris Cacavas, who also mixed their 2010 album, Gypsy Child, which was widely praised in Europe and the US and picked up substantial airplay in the UK.
Having toured heavily throughout late 2010 and half of 2011, on return to their hometown the band splintered, with a nucleus of Abbiati, guitarist Roberto Diana and keyboard player and accordionist Francesco Bonfiglio eventually recruiting one of Italy’s best and most experienced rhythm sections Antonio Rigo Righetti and Robby Pellati (who have literally played every bar and every stadium in the country) to record the third album Beyond (released Oct 4th 2012).
BEYOND follows “Better World Coming” a tribute to Woody Guthrie recorded in downtime from the BEYOND sessions and widely praised across Europe as one of the best releases of 2012 (featured on many Radio Stations across Europe including, Ireleand’s RTE1, the BBC and Radio Popolare in Italy).
The Band will tour in Europe between October and December 2012