When he co-founded the instrumental band Balmorhea over 10 years ago, Rob Lowe (RG Lowe) had no idea that its introspective instrumental music would be heard by millions of people, or that it would offer the opportunity to travel and perform around the world. After years of success in the world of neo-classical music, Lowe took a sharp turn when a casual conversation with a friend in Marfa, TX planted the idea in his head that he should challenge himself to write a pop album. Having spent years in church choirs and musical theater as a kid in West Texas, he knew he could sing, but would have to teach himself how to write the type of pop songs he was interested in creating. This eventually manifested in his 2017 debut, Slow Time, which Stereogum called “impossibly smooth.”
Three years later, Lowe released his sophomore album, Life of the Body, a wide-angle collection of songs inviting us to reconnect with ourselves and our world through our senses by illuminating our intrinsic connection with the physical world and the freedom found therein. Echoing the ardor of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and channeling Talk Talk‘s Mark Hollis, Lowe asks us each to “feel the wind blow on your face, camerado.” The album was released via Western Vinyl in May 2020.