The following is a fabulous write up by Bob Makin. Award-winning entertainment/business reporter for Home News Tribune, Courier News & http://MyCentralJersey.com .
Rootsy singer-songwriter Renee Maskin of Lowlight would be the next Lucinda Williams if not for two things: the hard, offbeat approach of drummer Colin Ray, and the eclectic, quirky synth stylings of keyboardist Dana Sellers. Weaving through largely pastoral, Dylanesque lyrics, those stylings are reminiscent of Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, making Lowlight like The Band, one of my all-time favorite acts. Layer on the fine slide playing of Tony Aichele on lapsteel and resonator guitars, especially on the swampy interludes “Glitter and Dust, Part I and II,” and you’ve got a platter on which roots-rock fans can feast.
Speaking of swampy, I love the New Orleans-inspired resonator-driven “Canal & Bourbon,” which is like Sonny Landreth covering Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate.” I also love the job guitarist Derril Sellers has done producing, engineering and mastering this gorgeously made, long-awaited debut LP. But I hope one day Lowlight get to work with New Orleans producer Daniel Lanois because they would really dig each other in a way that would make another great record.
What I love most about “Where Do We Go from Here” is that almost every song has a colorful, visual reference to nature, some of which is depicted in the beautiful CD artwork created by Sellers and Maskin. The 11-song collection is streaming now, but the physical release is worth getting because of the artwork, design and Maskin’s poetic lyrics.
Lowlight will celebrate the release on Aug. 27 at Asbury Park Yacht Club with fellow roots rocker Francis Lombardi and Battery Electric front man Ron Santee’s fun, pirate-themed The Jolly Daggers. After a Midwest tour, they'll also play Aug. 25 at the Metuchen Rocks Street Fest and Aug. 26 at Fat Baby in New York City. In the meantime, a European distribution deal with Cargo Records should turn this great American music onto an even more appreciative audience than Lowlight finds at home.
Lowlight threw some smack down at the Old Franklin School House this past Saturday. Up next is The Saint, Thursday the 30th in Asbury Park:
Trystette with dance artist Sarazina Stein at the East Village Dance Project for the Charlotte Ruby Cantor Benefit. Trystette's single "Russian Spy" out Now:
Brooklyn Gypsies featuring Takuya Nakamura (CoCo Rosie, JoJo Mayer Nerve, Marianne) Record Release Show this Thursday the 30th. Free Form Cosmic Space Dub at Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Takuya Nakamura (CoCo Rosie, Nerve/Jojo Mayer, Marianne, Cosmic BBs) has landed in Japan and will be performing live this Tuesday the 24th.
Trystette delivered an intriguing and captivating performance at Cross Contemporary Art in Saugerties this past Sunday! Her single "Russian Spy" here:
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Trystette pics from her performance at Cross Contemporary Arts, Saugerties NY