Singled Out: Aloud's A Little Bit Low
"A Little Bit Low" comes on like fireworks and that's kind of what writing it was like. Henry and I were living in a sort of communal house at the time and we were sitting around listening to tunes when Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" came on. It's non-stop. The percussion accents made such an impression on me.
In the middle of listening to that the chorus hook to "Low" suddenly came to me I climbed the stairs to our bedroom and started working out the chords. The verses flowed quickly after that. I wanted a constant drive to it; a sense of immediacy. I pictured a tune that would be relentless on us to play causing to perspire profusely on stage.
Lyrically, the song turned out to be a pick me up letter. Writing songs can sometimes be cheap therapy. It was a particularly arduous time and I was singing to myself. It's about all the anxieties that pile up in your head growing into larger monsters. It's a reminder to shut that mental picture down hence the line: "Its easy to lose your mind over nothing/Every time you close your eyes you're seeing something". We wrote the bridge the next day and took pains to make sure that it created a musical tension or build that would match the lyrics above.
I think it worked out. It's most certainly relentless on us at shows and is usually a peak moment. Perhaps one of my favorites on the album.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!