#songoftheday / #amlistening = LOWELL: “WAR FACE”

“I wear my war face,” proudly proclaims captivating singer/songwriter Lowell on “War Face,”  the first single from her mind-blowing new album entitled Lone Wolf.  The album is her second and was released today on 4/6/18 and my jaw is still on the floor after it dropped as I listened in awe of her evocative music.

In the middle eight of “War Face,” Lowell sings “All of my horses / And all of my men / Couldn’t put us back together again.”  She’s serious, and perhaps a little angry, but there’s also a hint of sarcasm to the way she sings that part.  Like she’s really rubbing it in the now ex-partner’s nose.   And, hey, that’s cool by us.  We love a good kiss-off song here at Love is Pop Headquarters.  We also love brutal honesty and that’s one of the album’s best qualities.

I was surprised to learn that Lowell, whose songs so deeply personal,  is still a teenager because her lyrics have a mature quality about them.  Guess she must be one of those old souls we’re always hearing about.  She’s clearly very in touch with her emotions and we applaud her for that.

Lone Wolf features the vibrant production of Zale Epstein (Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar), Davey Badiuk (Tegan and Sara, Dragonette), and Gus Van Go (The Stills, Wintersleep), ranging from alt-pop ballads to ferocious dancefloor rally-cries.

PHOTO: Maya Fuhr

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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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