That pulsing buzz you hear at the the start of the new Low Hum single isn’t distorted guitar; it’s the sound of your instincts taking over.
“Strange Love” is a fitting introduction to Low Hum’s debut album, “Room to Breathe,” coming June 7 via Last Gang Records (home to Stars, Rhye, Death From Above and Chromeo, among others). It’s a groove-heavy, neo-psychedelic head trip from the mind (and pedals) of Collin Desha, the Hawaii-reared, L.A.-based singer-songwriter who debuted Low Hum in 2016 and released a self-titled EP early last year.
The new single “was loosely inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove,’” says Desha, the onetime guitarist in L.A. indie-rock favorites Vanaprasta. “All of his films have been of great interest to me and I try to incorporate that inspiration into my music. For this song, I could identify with Dr. Strangelove’s obsession and how he let that completely take him over. That infatuation inspired me to write a song about allowing yourself to let your id out, regardless of the repercussions.”
Created in his home studio with drummer-producer Jules de Gasperis, “Room to Breathe” includes “Nebraska” and “Comatose,” highlights from the first EP. Fans of Pond, Tame Impala and the psychedelic tip of White Denim will find much to like.
Watch the puzzle piece fall into place in the video for “Strange Love,” animated by Bryan Lee.
||| Watch: The video for “Strange Love”
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