Lofter are back with the Liminal EP
We are really excited to announce a new EP from Sheffield band Lofter.
The Liminal EP is a wonderful addition to the Proost collection in our opinion. The EP begins with Red Lion (Liminal Part 1) which is dead strong and has great vocals. Then comes the moving Tropical Cyclone Disaster which is a track of real depth and has an energy too it that we found connected with us as we listened. Track 3 is Fall Out which is fun to listen to. We love the trumpet and the liminal refrain through that and track one. Great harmonies come out again, a real sign of the way Lofter do their music. The EP ends with Where Angels Sing , a track the band played us before release and that instantly won us over.
You can find a sampler of the album at the end of this article.
We got the chance to interview the band about the new EP and to find out a little more about their musical journey.
Proost: So who are Lofter? Could you introduce yourselves?
Laul and Ant formed the band all the way back in 2002, and Laul left after a year or so. Ant kept the band going on and off through different styles and with different members. In 2016 Ben joined to play percussion, and they made an album, Raindrop. Laul moved back to Sheffield a couple of years ago and re-joined the band and we’ve been writing and playing live around Sheffield since then.
Proost: A rumour reached Proost HQ that you’ve played as official House Band at an Ikea launch … Is that true? What happened?
When the new IKEA was opening in Sheffield, they sought us out because they wanted acoustic bands to play. We submitted a proposal that included us and our friends Robberie playing as part of the first month’s opening celebrations. Ben had started working there, so would sometimes use his break to come and join us to play in the foyer, complete in IKEA uniform!
Proost: Your music seems diverse in styles and influences. Who are the bands that have influenced what you do?
Ben’s not a “bands” guy. His influences are more based around more diverse and experimental music like Kamasi Washington or Sons of Kemet. Growing up, Ant and Laul gravitated towards strong song writing, whether that was in indie, grunge and alternative in general. Combined, we’ve got enough diversity to be something a bit different, especially for acoustic music, and what we do next will also be different to what we’ve created this time. Because we’re an acoustic trio, we don’t have your typical band setup, which allows us to have the freedom of a more fragmented approach to our writing and arranging.
Proost: We love this EP here at Proost. Can you tell us the story behind any of the songs?
Where Angels Sing was an idea Laul and Ant started on in 2002, that we crafted to a new point while we were writing the others on this EP. Tropical Cyclone Disaster allowed us to explore a topical environmental theme, because the main riff behind the song brings a darker intensity that we could build upon. This got us to the point where we could perform them as a trio, but that didn’t fulfil the vision of the songs we had written. From this point, we worked on the arrangements when we recorded, and added many layers including horns, strings, organ, etc. Together, we crafted the vibe of each track carefully with, what we felt were appropriate instrumentation and arrangements, so that we could deliver something we are proud of to our listeners.
The Liminal EP is available for £2.99 here at Proost as a digital download.
You can also purchase a special Lofter Bundle containing the new EP and their previous album Raindrop for a cracking price of £8 only.