“Still heavy-hearted and tender, but with a more pronounced pop glimmer, the new track, which is premiering below, is a beautiful moment of poignancy, little dashes of piano, a steady drum beat, adding to his own whispered and wilting voice that has always played such a pivotal role in his work.” – GOLD FLAKE PAINT
Lowpines is the recording name of British songwriter and producer Oli Deakin. Initially starting out as a series of lo-fi phone recordings, overdubbed with multiple layers of reverb-soaked instruments, Lowpines recordings quickly developed into several Eps, released on ltd edition cassette over the past few years.
Having caught the ear of BBC DJs in the UK (including Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq), receiving accolades in the press, and regularly soundtracking numerous US TV shows, the first full-length Lowpines record In Silver Halides will be released on Adventure Club Records on Feb 9th 2018.
In Silver Halides was written in rural England through the winter, and recording began the following spring, in a greenhouse, during an unseasonal heatwave. The heat and the bright sunlight made for intense recording sessions, interrupted by both equipment and artist regularly overheating. Songs filled with images of frozen landscapes, and isolation, took a new direction in the stifling heat. Opting to record with the doors and windows thrown open, much of the early demo recordings are filled with ambient noises of the surrounding countryside, echoing hauntingly through expansive reverb.
Lead track ‘We Come Right’ is a beautifully haunting, spacious lament. Setting the tone for the forthcoming album, the track joins intimate vocals with sweeping strings and the echoes of distant voices, and strange, ambient sounds.
Additional recording sessions took place in at Bella Union Studios in London, with in-house producer IggyB (The Duke Spirit, John Grant, Spiritualized). Oli’s brother Jamie Deakin joined to record the drums, tracking the whole album in a day. Later on, flute parts were played by Jesse Chandler (Midlake/BNQT/Mercury Rev). Oli then took the recordings to Brooklyn where it was was mixed with Grammy award-winning producer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Rolling Stones).
Outside of Lowpines, Oli Deakin has been involved in a number of other bands and recording projects in recent years. A long-term collaboration with Lyla Foy (WALL), includes her Sub Pop debut Mirrors The Sky which he co-wrote/produced as well as new works in progress. He was a founder member of fuzz-pop band Bear Driver, and has done recent mixing and production work with Toothless, Germans, Swimming Bell and Dream Giant.
Album: In Silver Halides
Record Label: Adventure Club Records
Release Date: February 23, 2018
01. We Come Right
02. Broken Wing
03. Come On Chaos
05. Chambers in the Canopy
06. Gold Leaf & Amethyst
07. Connecting The Fireflies
08. Miracle Child
09. Perfect Silence