By Deaglan Howlett | Posted Friday, May 4, 2018
For fans of: The Pretenders, Bob Dylan, The War On Drugs
Born To Run is the latest, well-anticipated release from Asbury Park’s Lowlight. Since its release in March, the group has received rave reviews on the EP, and they have even gone on to tour with The Pretenders. I immediately fell in love with the release, especially having seen some of these songs played live before its official release. Born To Run is a trip, blending country, folk and synthpop into one emotionally charged release.
I will admit, Lowlight’s use of “Born To Run” for this release initially threw me off. Being a massive Bruce Springsteen fan myself, I was borderline offended. “How dare they take the title from one of MY favorite albums!” I yelled to myself, all alone, like an idiot. It was not until I put in my headphones and sat down with the album and gave it the time it deserves that I began to understand the ode to such a magic title.
Like Springsteen’s Born To Run, this EP has a similar escapist mentality. “Can't Stop Now” is a perfect example of the group’s unbreakable spirit. The passion singer Renee Maskin is putting forth is absolutely intoxicating. The band’s energy on this track is relentless, steadily building up until the last 40 seconds. When the song finishes you can finally catch your breath, grab your keys, and get in your car and start driving, with no real destination in mind.
If you love this album as much as I do (and I’m sure you will), you have to make sure you get out and see these songs performed live. Their live shows add an entirely new element to these songs, and there isn’t a band I look forward to performing in Asbury Park more than them. When I asked lead singer and guitarist, Renee Maskin, what Lowlight had in store for summer, she told me, “We're working on our summer show and touring schedule, and we're also writing the next record which we hope to start recording this summer.” Make sure you check out Lowlight live this summer and keep your eyes peeled for a new release!