Boomkat Product Review:
Manchester's Red Deer Club are behind the release of this new mini-album from sessionmusician Sara Lowes, an artist who's earned her stripes alongside The Earlies, Micah P. Hinson, Jim Noir and King Creosote, among others. Tomorrows Laughter (sic) immediately brings to mind the sophisticated writing and arrangement of a Samara Lubelski, or perhaps even Aimee Mann - it sure ain't your ordinary bedroom singer-songwriter drudgery. The flanged vocals and '70s psych sounds of 'I Wish' can't mask the fact that it's an exceedingly nifty piece of pop music, exuding classic sensibilities while still coming across as sufficiently left-of-centre to stand out. The title track brings to mind Judee Sill in its choir-like harmonised vocals and lavish arrangements, calling on strings and brass towards the end. The production on 'Down And Out' is equally stuffed with ideas, but there's nothing you could deem surplus to requirements - the additional instrumentation and subtle effects serve the song, never overstepping the mark or descending into humdrum excess. Clocking in at just under the half-hour mark, Tomorrows Laughter certainly isn't lacking anything (except perhaps an apostrophe in the title), but it's just concise enough to be a tantalising introduction to Lowes' work.