In the summer of 2020, Keith began a remote musical collaboration with Andy Bell, an old friend from Darwen, in Lancashire. They shared a common interest in guitar, psychedelic and post-punk music, and had led bands at high school.
When Keith started recording again in 2020, Andy, a long time singer-songwriter, sent him a short instrumental guitar composition. Keith, who’s always been as much a producer as a musician, turned it into a short instrumental. It worked, and they agreed to do more together.
Lowly Man EP
That autumn, they started on a collection of songs with an alternative/psychedelic rock vibe. It turned out that Andy’s tunesmithery and Keith’s electrickery were complimentary. They completed the Lowly Man EP in February 2021.
Alpha Dogs EP
Spurred on by positive responses from friends, the duo continued writing. This time, Andy developed a lyrical theme based around personality types, and Keith introduced some musical experimentation. They quickly completed the Alpha Dogs EP by April.
The Lowly Man Album
After a couple of months off, dealing with real life, work continued on new songs in the summer. The new material added elements of electronica, psychedelic blues, and a strange ballad.
The Lowly Man album was released in September 2021.