Cosmopolitan actress and cast member of the highly anticipated film ‘The Philosophers’ Sophie Lowe has joined the ranks of those young renaissance artists who don’t want to limit themselves to one form of art anymore.
Cleverly shortening her name to SOLO she has ventured into the world of music and posted a number of songs on her Soundcloud. And it’s lucky for us that she did.
Her haunting voice mingles perfectly with the guitar-heavy, slightly electronic soundscape she creates around it. Slow paced but powerful, her songs deal with the various facets of the end of a relationship.
The pleading, the pain and the disappointment, the anger and the feeling of loss – the stages of grief are all there.
Her best song yet is ‘A Runner’. It starts off minimalistic, relying on Lowe’s gripping voice to keep the tension before opening up a multitude of sonic layers that evolve into a surprisingly dark and haunting arrangement, without ever losing a certain lightness.
It has to be said that SOLO’s current work is blown-away-beautiful when listened to via headphones but, sadly, loses this certain kind of intimacy once it’s streaming out of speakers. Her delicate voice and soundscape seems too lose its power unless blasted very loudly.
In any case, with these few songs Sophie Lowe has proven that she is more than ‘just an actress’. She fits perfectly into this new generation of multitalented artists and I am thrilled to find out what she has in store for us next.
At the time of writing this review there were only three songs available on SOLO’s Soundcloud profile but there is a vague promise of an upcoming EP on her Facebook page.
Verdict: Perfect headphone moments, turn it up to eleven