Rating – 4.5/5
‘Don’t Let The Light In’ is the most recent release from prestigious Electronic group ‘Low Island’, made up of Carlos Posada, Jamie Jay, Jacob Lively and Felix Higginbottom. Formed in Oxford in 2016, these boys have really carved a name for themselves in a short space of time, and from the sound of this track they’re only just getting started.
Having already racked up an impressive 280,000 streams on Spotify and a feature on the soundtrack of FIFA 21, ‘Don’t Let The Light In’ is an impressive exploration of sound and emotion. Alongside this track they have also released a stripped back version, as well as a live session which are both equally as captivating. The song itself is reminiscent of a lot of the work of Tame Impala, and there are also elements of The Spark era of Enter Shikari which is an ambitious sound to tackle.
The song opens with washy drums and synth, creating a real otherworldly scene with its full sounding texture. The reverb is suddenly dropped from the synth and the double tracked vocals come in, sitting perfectly above the instruments. The verse sets the scene beautifully, as the many different synthesizer tracks start to build beneath the vocal line. The verse builds to the point of dropping out and leaving just an eerie synth pitch bend to lead into the chorus. The addition of the bass in the chorus section is massively welcomed as it adds a syncopated pattern beneath the song, and shows off Jacob Lively’s skills as a player. This creates an amazing sense of variety within the layers, with the other instruments being very washy and stacked up to make the full sound they achieve so well. There is also some extra electronic percussion added to fit beautifully alongside the drum part, which sticks around after the chorus is finished. The addition of the plucky sounding guitar in the second verse provides just the change the song needed, and locks in effortlessly with the bass.
Posada’s vocals are executed perfectly, and although the vocal line isn’t massively complex it provides exactly what the song needs in terms of tone and melody. The lyrical content appears to be about a relationship of some form, although that is left up to the listener’s personal imagination. The drums sit just right in this song, and the performance by drummer Felix Higginbottom is flawless. His groove and flexibility behind the kit really shines through and once again although the pattern is simplistic, it is executed amazingly well, and that is exactly what the song needs.
The song is produced by Low Island’s own Jamie Jay, and the production on this track is what carries it so far. There is nothing to fault in the production of this song, and Jay clearly knows exactly how to get the sound he wants. From the layering of the synthesizers to the drum sound, nothing is overlooked and every little thing is thought about.
Overall, this track is incredibly impressive and really shows the bands passion for their creation of sound. This song paves a very open road for Low Island to go wherever they like, and this band is not to be overlooked.
Review by Fynn Gillions