The Lowlands EP

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The Lowlands EP (self-titled) is the band's debut recording. It features James Hunt on lead guitar and was recording by Ben Moore (Harvest Recordings).
We would like to thank Peter, Kathe, Veronica, Timmy, Rose, Matthew, James, Dom, Alan, Chloe, V, Tim B, Linda, Robert and everyone who's got us the gig or has come to watch.

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released December 2, 2016

Ella Hunt - vocals, guitar
Joel Davy - vocals, cello, double bass, keys
Sammy O'Brien - drums, percussion, vocals
James Hunt - lead guitar, vocals

Recorded and mixed by Ben Moore at Harvest Recordings

Mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301

Album Artwork by Ineka Voigt

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The Lowlands Canberra, Australia

Formed in Canberra in early 2016, the Lowlands write cleared-eyed, bittersweet folk songs. Coloured by the band's love of jazz and blues, their music is for drinking to, dancing to, or when you feel like you've got the rough end of the pineapple.

Their debut self-titled EP was released in December 2016, and they have since been enjoying bringing the EP to the stage with their intimate live show.
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Track Name: Leila
Leila, I can’t move it’s too heavy, no
But Leila won’t let us stay here no more
No morning star if we get caught

Leila, I can’t move it’s too heavy, no
But Leila won’t let us stay here no more
No morning star if we get caught -

Torn asunder by thunder on a clear night
Star light, star bright
Secretly wonder why there are no street lights
Star bright, star light
Asking them how but wondering why
Just to be told don’t you cry, don’t cry, my little eye
Sun on the mountain and blood in the sky
Who said we’re gonna be alright? Well…

Leila, I can’t move it’s too heavy, no
But Leila won’t let us stay here no more
No morning star if we get caught -

Over the hills and into the town
Five days don’t make a sound
We’re not homeward bound
In the rain stained rooms, ‘bout to be pulled down
With others that they found, oh that they found, hey


This worthless leatherbound curse of my kind
It’s colour won’t let us inside
I said it’s colour won’t let us inside
But we could make it to the island, lord, even make it there alive but
At home we’ll surely
At home we’ll surely
At home we’ll surely…
You could even bet your bottom dollar that we’ll…

But Leila, I can’t move, it’s too heavy, no
But Leila won’t let us stay here no more,
No morning star if we get caught, oh
Track Name: Release Me
Well I’m sitting in the pouring rain
Treetops hang their heads in shame
Everybody’s got someone to blame
But it all sounds uniquely the same
Even I to those that came before me

I got nothin’ new to say
My brain’s a sore mess anyway
I pulled an outlaw from his grave
And covered up the mess I made
With wet flowers and a card that reads ‘forgive me’

But that’s ‘cause times they did not change, no
A different view not rearranged
Children sing the same refrains
And gods still throw their men in chains
From the clouds can’t hear their cries

Release Me,
Oh, release Me,
Release Me
Ooh…

The flower-sellers on Main Street bed down for the night
And the colour-drained hounds move into the light
Cathy’s uptown but she knows what it’s like
‘Cause the sea to the centre heaves with the sight
But I aint asking you or anyone to just believe me

And Davey screamed, he wanted out
Land bare-bones from a drought
Well he left a note, ‘gone walkabout’
And to the sea he did shout

Release me,
Oh, release me,
Release me
Oooh….

(Solo)

Candles light the square like stars
And many thousand people march
Kids wave signs at passing cars
But we don’t give a fuck if it ain’t in our backyard

And crayon hands hold crayon bars
Tiny tears wash undrawn scars
Little lips they move apart
And for the thousandth time pray to the stars

Release me,
Oh release me,
Release me…
Oooh….

Well I’m sitting in the pouring rain
Treetops hang their heads in shame
Everybody’s got someone to blame
But it all sounds uniquely the same
Even I to those that came before me
Track Name: Mama
Mama, can’t you see,
Oh that the weight of this sorrow is slowly drowning me
And Mama, I ran from you
But I ain’t got no freedom till I’m not hearing this blue

Mama….
I ain’t going down with you
Mama…
Don’t go the way of your man from Broome

Mama, think I’ve found me a man
But I ain’t gonna let you take him right out of my hand

And Mama, I know I’m born of a small land
I’ll be damned if I spend my whole life with my head in the sand

Mama…
I ain’t going down with you
Mama…
Don’t go the way of your man from Broome

(cello solo)

Mama…
I ain’t going down with you
Mama…
Don’t go the way of your man from Broome
Track Name: Aurelia
Aurelia,
How I long to tell you just how loved you are
And though you may see your shadow cast,
Well it’s striding up to meet you in the morning but it’s melted away after dark

But I’ve no answers, I can’t tell you if you will make it out alive
Though not from want of trying
And I know, that life’s been a burden and unbearably strange
So I’ll just sit with you and pray
That the morning brings a little change
Well Aurelia, I know it’s selfish but won’t you hold out another day

Aurelia,
You the only daughter
For miles of wire fences and brothers why won’t your mother see what life has taught her
And though I’m barely more than a child
I can comprehend how something done by somebody so young can take a lifetime to mend

But I’ve no cure, I can’t tell you if you will make it out alive
Though not from want of trying
And I know, that life’s been a burden and unbearably strange
So I’ll just sit with you and pray
That the morning brings a little change
Well Aurelia I know it’s selfish but won’t you hold out another day

Late one Tuesday,
How did you know
Where and how it ended with the lights all out, and nobody home
And I’m amazed by
Your courage when you knew it was the garage and how you put us to sleep at night


I know his assurances come to you in dreams
And you can hear his laughter from the living room it seems
Oh but what right have I to write of such things?

Well Aurelia I only hope that when the dog days come you think of me
Oh Aurelia I only hope that when the dog days come you think of me
Oh Aurelia I only hope that when the dog days come you think of me