Following in the alternative-pop stream of Sky Ferreria and Grimes, ’90s enthused duo Lowla are the next to spout through. With their debut EP Walls, the London-based Lara and Lo inject both animation and social significance into catchy indie-pop.
Opener and title-track ‘Walls’ calls for social revolution under the guise of saccharine pop. “Let’s start a revolution, break down walls and be more human…” calls the track with intoxicating grit.
‘Those Days Are Gone’ slows down into a breeze of romantic break-up pop: “You know you’re my favourite demon, so I hold on…” – ghostly coil-spooking vocals that could match Lorde in moving allure.
Spinning back into upbeat poignancy is ‘Money Doesn’t Matter’, with spellbinding conviction Lara and Lo both spit and swoon a “Romeo” who thinks he can get his way with a flash of the cash.
‘Electrified’ circles the EP back to a point of amorous-pop vision. The slow-mover builds to an entrancing hook over bopping beats and shimmering melodies: “Because you make me feel alive, with you the bad days are alright, so I hold on tight, this love’s electrified…”
With a mix of sugary-sweet pop fun and romance, plus a streak of significant social commentary, on Walls, Lowla prove they’re the constitutional stir alternative pop needs.
Walls is out now via DIY.