Canadian singer-songwriter Lowell (born Elizabeth Lowell Boland) is perhaps best known for “Ride,” a song featuring Icona Pop, which was a huge hit last summer, and which is on the soundtrack for this summer’s teen cinematic draw, Nerve. The Calgary native is often thought to be Scandinavian, if only because her sound and collaborators (especially Swedish producer extraordinaire Martin Terefe) place her in that milieu.
Once a student of classical music at the University of Toronto, she first demoed songs on the ukulele, worked for a time as a stripper (under the moniker “Sara V”), and made her recording debut as a guest vocalist on Apparatjik’s 2012 EP If You Can, Solve This Jumble.
Arts & Crafts released her initial EP, I Killed Sara V, in February 2014, and her first full-length effort, We Loved Her Dearly, followed later that year. She’s also had a song (“Palm Trees”) featured on the soundtrack to EA Sports’ FIFA 15.
Her ethereal voice on “West Coast Forever” floats atop rich synth textures and incisive hip-hop percussion. The EP features production by Grammy and Juno Award-nominated Zale Epstein (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q), Davey Badiuk (Dragonette, Tegan and Sara).