It’s been four months since Flawes released their electrifying debut album, Highlights, and it’s fair to say, a whole lot has happened since then. Now that more musicians are live streaming stripped back performances from their own homes, an excellent and timely piece of content to tune into is Flawes’ brand new EP, Lowlights, released just last week.
A collection of stripped-back versions of songs taken from said debut album, Lowlights shines a light on to a whole new and previously unheard side to the band. Whilst they’ve become known for their huge, high energy performances, and wall-of-sound polished production, what’s amazing about the EP is how strong the songs are when you strip all this away. Where on Highlights, lead single ‘Look No Further’ was a soaring, arena ready indie-pop anthem, on the new EP it has been transformed into a tender and heartfelt folk-esque ballad. All of the featured tracks follow suit with gorgeously arranged acoustic instrumentation. As a whole, the EP truly demonstrates the quality of songwriting coming from frontman JC, and the band’s incredibly versatile musicianship.
“The songs are so exposed, there’s almost nowhere to hide. ‘Don’t Count Me Out’ in particular is literally just a piano and vocal, taking the song right back to where it started life.”
The band recorded the EP at Red Bull Studios in London, and some of the performances were recorded and left totally live for the final EP. “Lowlights is a selection of songs from our debut album that have been stripped right down to their bare bones. We love to create a huge wall of sound when playing live, so to mix things up we decided to challenge ourselves and take the complete opposite approach,” explain the band. “The songs are so exposed, there’s almost nowhere to hide. ‘Don’t Count Me Out’ in particular is literally just a piano and vocal, taking the song right back to where it started life.”
Whilst the world’s been in quarantine, the band continued to stay busy leading up to the release of the EP. Alongside releasing their own ‘isolation sessions’ covering some of their favourite tracks (which you can watch here), they’ve performed live across social media for Red Bull’s inaugural virtual festival and, most recently, Dork’s Homeschool Festival, appearing alongside acts such as Tom Grennan, The Wombats, The Amazons and more.
Lowlights is out now. Stream it below.