Elizabeth Lowell Boland, better known simply as Lowell, is a nomad. At various points, she has resided in Calgary, the Yukon, Toronto, Massachusetts, Georgia, and London.
Over the course of her travels, she’s accumulated a similarly broad range of work experiences, from stripping in Toronto to writing for the Backstreet Boys to playing in a band with one of the guys from Coldplay. After all this wandering, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter is finally releasing her debut LP Tuesday on the Canadian label Arts & Crafts. We Loved Her Dearly is both intensely catchy and emotionally deep, with songs that draw from her experience in abusive relationships, as well as a passionate political streak that comes through on her queer pride anthem “LGBT” that carries on Le Tigre’s legacy of mixing activism and dancefloor-friendly beats. The music is as complex as her subject matter, fiddling with contemporary electronic pop conventions with frequent nods to such diverse influences as Pet Sounds and Aphex Twin.
Before the album’s release, Lowell spoke to EW about its origins from a cab in Toronto, where she resides—at least for the time being.