Scouting Report: Sara Lowes

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(Photo by Emily Dennison)

Sara Lowes’ latest album The Joy Of Waiting is a stirring collection that brings to mind everyone from Beth Orton to Lykke Li.

A dark and textured listen, The Joy Of Waiting is filled with lush grooves, elegant strings and sensual, hypnotic loops.

Too many highlights to mention, but if pressed, there’s the swirling post-punk of “Most Things,” the meditative homage to author J.B. Priestely (conveniently titled “J.B. Priestley”) and the percussive and cinematic “I Find You.”

The former member of The Earlies, who is now flexing her muscles as a solo artist, agreed to fill out Stereo Embers’ Scouting Report questionnaire.

We asked her the first thing she does when she gets to a new city.

“Find the art gallery,” she said…

FULL NAME: Sara Lowes

HOMETOWN: Manchester

WEBSITE: www.saralowes.co.uk

RECORD LABEL: From Railings Records

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE: A mixture of all my influences and inspirations.

PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT: Releasing my first EP.

THE SONG YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN: “Days” by Ray Davies.

FIVE MUSICIANS YOU ADMIRE: The Beatles, Kate Bush, Ry Cooder, Nils Lofgren, Joni Mitchell.

ALBUM YOU CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO: Measure by Field Music

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DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A KID: Imaginative.

THREE THINGS THAT KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT: Creative projects I’m working on, remembering the things I have to do the next day, worries over family and friends.

LAST BOOK YOU READ: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

FAVORITE MUPPET: Rolf.

CATS OR DOGS? Dogs.

THINGS WE’D FIND IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR: A map and trainers.

HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB: Production budgets.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO A NEW CITY: Find the art gallery.

WHAT WORD DO YOU OVERUSE IN CONVERSATION?: Exactly.

WHAT WILL THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE?: All For The Dream (With The Means Of A Well-Planned Getaway).

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FAVORITE LATE NIGHT TV SHOW: A good crime drama or thriller.

DRINK OF CHOICE: Dry white wine.

BEST ALBUM TO PLAY AFTER A BREAK-UP AND YOU’RE HOLDING A BOTTLE OF VODKA AND SOMETHING SHARP: Something instrumental.

INDULGENCE YOU REFUSE TO GIVE UP: Daydreaming.

SOMEONE SAYS, “Don’t tell anyone I told you this.” DO YOU? No.

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Cultivate your mind and give as much as you can…