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20 Questions with Sara Lowes

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Hailing from Manchester via the North East, Sara Lowes releases her delectable new full studio album this week ‘The Joy of Waiting’ it’s the follow up to 2011’s debut ‘Back To Creation’. Sara plays keys in The Earlies which has led to work with Daniel Johnston, King Creosote, Jens Lakeman, Jim Noir, Jesca Hoop and Dawn Landes. But with her new record she fully emerges into the sunlight with a gorgeous collection of literate, wonderfully constructed playful multi layered pop songs that elegantly surf the borders of psych-jazz- folk  and sumptuous pop,  through her affecting, knowing vocals each song is given a genuine heart and soul. 

“On this second album Sara is influenced by J.B Priestley. These graceful songs are deceptively deep and direct exploring observations on our perplexing relationships with time.

Recorded at home and at the band’s studio in Colne, Lancashire, the long-player was self-produced alongside her saxophonist Nicky Madden (The Earlies, I am Kloot).” We sent her 20 rather random questions which she answered very promptly and directly, enjoy:

Where are you and what’s the weather like? Manchester – very Chilly and misty

What are your favourite films? Time Bandits , Some Like It Hot , Wonder boys

What are your favourite books? A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole , Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut , Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson.

What are your favourite TV programmes? Inspector Morse , The Good Life.

What was the first record you bought and where did you buy it from? Do they Know it’s Christmas (first time round) ..bought somewhere in County Durham.

What’s the worst song lyric of all time? All the lyrics of starry starry night!

Vinyl, CD, Download or stream? CD

Who do you consider to be the most overrated musical act of all time? Coldplay

What’s the best cover version you have ever heard? The Ramones – Baby I love You

Do you have any pets? No

When was the last time you cried? Last week sorting through some boxes and I found my Grandmas dressing gown.

What car do you drive? A Jeep

Have you ever been starstruck? I met Robert Plant on a street in Austin ..absolutely starstruck, He was lovely and chatted all down the street with me.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you like to be? Working in design ..in some way.

What’s your poison ? Corona

Tell us a joke ? ” I went into the deepest darkest silent part of the forest , I took off all my clothes. Bathed in dew I roared with a primal bellow my password.”

How will you vote in the next election? Sensibly

What decade would you most liked to have lived in? 1950’s

What is your culinary speciality ? Scrambled eggs or a roast dinner.

What is your least favourite record you have made and why? Possibly this one ‘The Joy Of Waiting’ but I keep changing my mind.

The Joy Of Waiting is out now on Railings Records.

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