L-space make music for better worlds in the hope of making this one a little more beautiful along the way. They use retrofuturistic synths, catchy beats and Lily's ethereal vocals to create unique pop soundscapes which have been compared to the likes of Goldfrapp, Portishead, Radiohead and Mogwai. Since forming in January 2017 they have released three EPs, a string of singles and their critically acclaimed debut album, Kipple Arcadia. They were named one of Vic Galloway's 'Ones to Watch' for 2019. Music for Megastructures, an ambitious electronic score, was released in April 2019 to widespread acclaim. After a string of shows and festivals in the UK throughout 2019, the band is now focusing on completing their next album - due for release in April 2020. L-space perform electronically and acoustically as a duo (Lily and Gordon), a three-piece or a four-piece.
Lily Higham - vocals
Gordon Johnstone - synth and guitar
Dickson Telfer - bass (when available)
Stephen Solo - synth (when available)
Pre-Last Night from Glasgow:
Sol 0 EP - January 2017
Sun Dog Fly EP - April 2017
Suneaters (single) - March 2018
Backup Baby (single) - May 2018
Blue Flowers (single) - September 2018
Kipple Arcadia (album) - September 2018
Been Here Before (non-album single) - January 2019
Music for Megastructures (score) - April 2019
I Never Knew/Tigers In The Street - October 2019
Album #2 - April 2020
Gordon and Lily met in 2014 while working at a charity in Edinburgh. They bonded one day while they were both gluing their shoes back together. Times we tough. Wages were low. Shoes were inadequate. The conversation revolved around the many hearts of a cuttlefish, first through seventh world problems, and the practicalities of pig farming on Mars.
Gordon knew Dickson through his time as editor of The Grind. The Grind had organised Dickson's book launch in Falkirk in late 2014 and the two stayed in touch through a mutual acquaintance. In May 2015 The Grind organised a show in Stirling which paired up musicians and spoken word artists. On the bill was a sort of proto-L-space with Gordon on piano and Lily on synth performing music for Dickson's stories.
L-space began in earnest in early 2017 when Gordon and Lily decided to record an EP. Sol 0 was a collection of songs the two had written together over the previous few months. Dickson provided a bassline for Blue Flowers just before the EP's release and saw the formation of the band. A little while later Lily met Maura while working in a restaurant in Glasgow. Maura joined on synth duties before the second King Tut's gig, she then left the band in late 2018 to focus on university and Stephen Solo joined on synth duties throughout 2019.
In November 2018 the Lily, Gordon and Dickson visited Normany in France at the invitation of James Sanger (Keane, Dido, U2, Brian Eno, among others) where they wrote several songs which become the double A-side I Never Knew/Tigers In The Street (due for release October 2019).
At the time of writing (September 2019), the band's next album is nearing completion and sees their sound evolve from reverb-laden soundscapes to a much more immediate, punchy approach with a greater emphasis on Lily's voice and the lyrics she and Gordon have been working on.
Lily and Gordon's influences range from the dystopias of Philip K Dick and Margaret Atwood to the music of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Charisma.com, Henryk Gorecki and Mogwai, to name just a few.