Lowell, playing a pair of shows in town this week (9/4 at Mercury Lounge, 9/5 at Glasslands) is a Toronto-based band made up of just one person (also named Lowell, conveniently/confusingly) that makes music in the form of very delicate electro clouds over which she sings in a very high, sweet voice. She is also really into making videos! While in the past she has had a pretty strong video art aesthetic, all crazily overlaid images that honestly get kind of boring pretty quickly (one video ends with a solid minute-and-a-half-long shot of her butt, filmed closer than is normally advisable), for her latest one, recently she has gone much, much bigger.
Norman Wong Lowell, relaxing after a hard day
The clip for her sing-songy "The Bells" was filmed in one continuous take in the heart of the suburbs: under floodlights on a football field in the middle of the night. Over the course of an impeccably choreographed few minutes, Lowell shares the screen with an undead street gang, a roller derby team, a squad of cheerleaders, a marching band, and a few ancillary people in shimmering bodysuits. There's an undercurrent of menace through the whole thing, with unexplained gashes on many characters, and Lowell lazily swinging a baseball bat throughout. By the end, it seems that she may have beaten the viewer to death.
We were intrigued! So we caught up with her to get the inside story.More »