"Triad is a trilogy of albums that has its genesis in what eventually became the first part of this trilogy, originally titled 022623. This title reflected the date of Marc Lowe turning 50, a major milestone in anyone’s life.
This album title was originally named after his birthdate and the improvised A Memento Mori track contains snatches of old songs which Lowe has returned to and reworked. These reworkings and alternative versions of songs from when he was in a band called Glass Gecko and the following solo era comprise the material for Triad 1 & 2.
As with Marc Lowe’s other work, there is a mixture of what you would call traditional songs in terms of form and structure, and his more avant garde/experimental side."
Read the review of "Triad" by Alex Faulkner here.
"Overall, this is a remarkable new album from the hugely creative Marc Lowe. Taking material originally written a few years ago, he has reworked and remixed these tracks into a cohesive whole that manages to capture the current zeitgeist in a compelling way. While these songs are often full of pain and darkness, they are also shot through with hope and hard earned wisdom drawn from all corners of life. It’s inspiring to know that while mainstream culture is at an all time nadir, artists like Marc Lowe are making uncompromising art and music that really matters."
Read the review of "The World Was Not the Same" by Alex Faulkner here.
"It is a challenging place to spend some time, but then that is the whole point, Marc is not someone who gives you what you want, nor possibly even what you need, but perhaps something that will make you question the very nature of music and fashion and conformity and structure and…well, a hundred other things that you may have taken for granted."
Read the review of "Waves Between Emptiness" by Dave Franklin here.
"...Dark Planet is another fascinating sonic and spiritual journey, Marc Lowe combining his own compositions with unique reinterpretations of other artists’ music to great effect. It’s a powerful and painfully emotive work, depicting the dark states of mind following heartbreak, but also the transcendence of ephemeral emotion to attain a semblance of inner peace. Besides the personal aspects, Dark Planet is also a sensitive artist’s intuitive response to the global situation we find ourselves in and another step in Lowe’s impressive artistic progression."
Read the review of "Dark Planet" by Alex Faulkner here.
Reviews of "The Way Out Is In"
"From a production aspect, Lowe makes skilful and highly creative use of sound effects, once again cleverly combining the traditional with the technological. 'One finds a space inside, one finds a place inside' is an effective, mesmeric mantra that helps bring the listener into the meditative state of mind which Lowe seeks to inspire. His words are full of spiritual wisdom and ideas relating to Buddhism, the music ebbing and flowing, sometimes reaching moments of intensity which are thrilling. Utterly original and unique, this intoxicating soundscape is a fascinating sonic exploration of the subconscious, married to stream of consciousness lyrics which constitute a wild and wonderful poetry that brought to mind Van Morrison’s classic Astral Weeks."
Read the review by Alex Faulkner here.
"[Y]ou come away from this album with much more to think about than the aftermath of your average collection of 3-minute pop songs. Such an album might find less of a following amongst the average pop-pickers but it certainly has much more to say than a ton of such albums stacked one on top of the other."
Read the review by Dave Franklin here.
Reviews of "Nobody Wins (Pray for Ukraine)"
Track/Video review by Matthew Bailey here.
In French by Indiechroniquedaily
In English by The Further
Reviewed by Dave Franklin at Dancing About Architecture
Review of "The Sun Is Coming"
"Musicians are artists, that's for sure! Some use a concept of stuck genre boundaries and others ignore these boundaries and break the chains that they have imposed on themselves. This definitely applies to the artist Marc Lowe, who lives in Tokyo, Japan...
Conclusion 9 out of 10: "Fantastic concept album of the high quality variety."
"...nailing the moment. fidgety, fevered, menacing, “cool kid” organo-mechanical digital sinew.. throwing strops, fits, break-downs, overloads & pure panic attack & hebephrenic hemorrhage.
from what little i understand, it’s an American guy in Tokyo (Marc Lowe) locking leg-irons with a mainland drifting minstrel."
Read the review at the "Jikokuki" blog here (scroll down to "Lower Than God: We Advance Masked").
"Formerly based in Fukuoka but now in Tokyo, Marc Lowe is an often bewilderingly prolific musician with a vast catalogue of releases from a variety of projects, ever-muddled by deletions, repackagings and remixes, veering between Jeff Buckley-esque melodramatic guitar-led songsmithery and industrial soundscapes..."
Read the rest of Ian Martin's review of Marc Lowe's "Untitled" LP here (English-only).