BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: Ringing Out The Summer with Lowlight's 'Motel Chronicles'
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016

  • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch



It's mid-August and we're finally feeling those end of summer blues. Soon enough, we won't be able to go outside without a jacket or jump in the ocean to cool off from the brutal heat. But we found a track that gives us one last glimmer of those beautiful summer days before we officially say goodbye. Today we're premiering NJ-based alt-folk band Lowlight's new song "Motel Chronicles," off of their forthcoming debut LP, Where Do We Go From Here, out on August 26th. Lead vocalist/guitarist Renee Maskin told us a little bit about the track, "'Motel Chronicles' was named after a Sam Shepard book, whose influence we wear like a patch on upon a sweaty, worn out denim jacket."

Although it doesn't have a clear hook or a complex chord progression, the percussive groove still manages to have a massive emotional impact on the listener, almost making us feel nostalgic. "The song is almost entirely one chord, but builds itself out with subtle melodies and textures. When we talk about 'Motel Chronicles' within the band, we usually mention reggaetone and Paul Simon's 'Graceland.' It's been a strange song in our roster because, despite being virtually chorus-less, it's a song people often request. So cheers, it's nice to think that the world of music isn't just overtly mass-appealing placating hooks. There can also be pretentious literary references and danceable, amorphous song structures too."

To celebrate the album release, the band has set on tour, check out their upcoming dates below:

8/15 - Daytrotter Session & Show - Davenport, IA
8/16 - Gabes - Iowa City, IA
8/17 - Ca dZan House Concerts - Cambridge IL ^
8/18 - The Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN
8/19 - Louder House - Chicago, IL
8/20 - Smokestack - Dubuque, IA
8/25 - Metuchen Rocks Street Fest - Metuchen, NJ
8/16 - Fat Baby - New York, NY
8/27 HarboQue - Laurence Harbor, NJ
8/27 - Asbury Park Yacht Club - Asbury Park, NJ $

^ w/ Flagship Romance
$ w/ The Jolly Daggers and Francis Lombardi
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