Haven Of Harmony: A Listen To Don't Let The Light In By Low Island

For a tradition spanning over twenty years and keeping company with firecrackers like MGMT’s Kids, Machu Picchu by The Strokes, and Fit but You Know It from The Streets, Low Island have claimed their sought-after place on the FIFA 2021 soundtrack with track Don’t Let The Light In. 

Proving once more that there’s evidently something in Oxford’s water, singer and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Posada, producer Jamie Jay, bass player Jacob Lively, and jazz drummer Felix Higginbottom submit their weirdly intertwining and kooky tunes, impressing many musos and folk in the know far and wide.

We can describe the year as bizarre and unnerving, and other assorted additional adjectives that I don’t care to mention, but it also instilled innovation for the quartet. They spent their time learning more about the industry and how to keep flourishing and progressing to survive our modern scene. The upshot of this period of study was the formation of the boys’ record label Emotional Interference. Much like Casablancas' Cult Records in New York, the idea is to grant Low Island more freedom in their artistic direction. 

Three years ago, Don’t Let The Light In came from a complicated place concerning matters of the heart. Carlos candidly shares,  

‘I fell quite deeply in love with someone who didn’t love me back, and it set off a pattern that started to continually repeat itself; a flying start and then an abrupt ending, as if someone had just switched off a light with no explanation. This song is about trying and failing to capture that initial moment in time; of pressing pause and holding the frame before it falls apart’. 

Holding ownership, the band wrote, produced, and engineered their tune in a remote part of France, and yup, they did a spot-on job. A myriad of instruments and styles, it’s slick, yet woozy, where the layering of sounds and paces stir up interest, including the playful timing of the singing. There’s quite the funk beat to the song, although they don’t sit comfortably in one genre alone. The overall effect of this song fills the air with quality production and atmosphere.“Think of all the things you'll miss and leave behind, If only you could stay and figure it out,” acts as that last plea before a subject of affection walk out the door forever. Intrigue arises where the lyrics are aching, but the music is doesn't match that vibe, refreshing. 

You will find Don't Let The Light In mixed by Matt Wiggins (Fat White Family) and the artwork, collaboration between cinematographer Anne Evelin Lawford (The Japanese House), matching the sentiment of the song flawlessly. Highlighting the tender subject of male fragilities, the photo is the first in a series to come. Fifa’s done good and introduced Low Island to a whole new audience bringing with it fresh, promising opportunity and presenting us some uplifting news to read and get behind.

Article by Beverley Knight