London-based alternative soul musician, Evie Asio, takes it slow with “Love Is Low”, the most recent single from her new album Contending & Contention. There’s a nice cosmic energy that comes through the ethereal synthesizers as the light pulsing of the drums and syncopated bass bring a grounded funky groove.
But it is really Asio’s vocals that bring the intimate soulful feel to the forefront. Full of love and hope, this is a song that is full of mystic healing qualities. “We will find a way to make it” she sings in the chorus, “You can just call me when you’re love is low”. There is a high level of care and tenderness that runs deep in the music’s composition and the lyricism, which makes for easy listening that just feels good.
“‘Love is Low’ is inspired by live soul and surrealism” Asio says. “The lyrics of the song talk about the resilience of love, while the music points towards how this can easily reflect a dreamlike naivety.”
In this case, resilience comes through with a sense of softness that is refreshing. So often, resilience can be falsely equated to a hardened strength, but Evie Asio demonstrates how strength can also come from allowing ourselves to be bare, empty, and soft. Resilience shines through the moments that we allow ourselves to feel deeply, and this song provides the perfect opportunity to feel our feelings.
“Love Is Low” and Contending & Contention are both available on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.