The music of An Overnight Low is based on a journey, one that has inspired a trilogy of travel-themed albums. The first release of the trilogy, Euston, was released in 2014 to favorable reviews. Ben Meiklejohn of Mainley Media observed that Euston “sounds like R.E.M. would sound like if they were downgraded from being a spectacle arena-rock band to being a small folk-rock band performing in a café.” Mark Curdo, DJ for WCYY and a contributing writer for Maine Magazine, says Euston “delivers vintage, old-school college rock- from back when college radio was at its finest.” Rick Johnson of the Portland Press Herald added, “The resulting song cycle that makes up the album plays like a great road movie, and hits all the essential road movie bullet points along the way, including lost loves, and fading friendships.”
Piccadilly debuted at #1 on Bull Moose’s “Top 10 Local Releases” when it arrived in November of 2015, and also received positive reviews. Mike Dow of The Maine Edge called Piccadilly “one of the most rewarding Maine-made listens of 2015. ” Gascan Magazine stated that “Albert’s Square”, a track from Piccadilly, “feels like an undiscovered Beatles demo”, while Emily Stoddard-Burnham of BDN’s Culture Shock noted that, “Piccadilly is very much in keeping with the tuneful, melodic, Beatles-haunted indie pop that was present on the first album” and mp3hugger (Ireland) found it to a be "as lively as can be, so we get a bevvy of dishy and industrious chords to go with the slightly folky vocals." The video for Dragonfly also received positive reviews. Lefuturewave (NE) hailed it as “a real masterpiece.”
Lyrically, Waverley continues where Piccadilly left off, exploring old ghosts and demons in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. This time around, you can join Chad as he relates stories pertaining to the Edinburgh Fringe, spirits in a dwelling, street foxes, a “double-dose of iodine”, and a city that, at least from on high, looks like the inside of a trumpet. Waverley also seems to appeal to critics who found that Waverley was “A big pop take with confident elements” (We All Want Someone to Shout For), “their most musically varied and richly-produced collection yet (Mike Dow, The Maine Edge). As 2017 drew to a close, An Overnight Low received a Portland Music Award, recognized as the city’s “Best Rock Act” by the readers of the Portland Phoenix. Acknowledging the award, the Phoenix stated “Keeping with the train metaphors, An Overnight Low has proved they’re not just passing through; they’re here to stay.”
An Overnight Low debuted the first single, Galileo Chains, received a wide airplay in the United States, Ireland, and England. Mystic Sons (London) said that An Overnight Low “channels the retro sound of R.E.M. for this swooning alt-rock delight.” Barry Gruff (Ireland) also acknowledged Galileo Chains as a “bright, upbeat & melodic slice of jangley guitar-pop.” At Cost Magazine (Canada) declared it “a bright and rosy twee sound with instrumental warmth” while When the Horn Blows (London) found that Galileo Chains has “a great energy, attitude and bounce.” Critics also gave praise to the second single, Another Plot at the Wrong Time of June (featuring Monique Barrett): “Effervescent vocals shine though” (ObscureSound) a “Bright, upbeat and hooky slice of melodic indie-pop. It is dripping with melody and oozing with a sweetness and charm as it skips along a smiley, jovial groove” (BarryGruff). In late 2019, they released Tameside (featuring Ted Warner), the third single from Connolly, Part One. Aimsel Ponti included the song in the Portland Press Herald’s “Face the Music” year-end highlight reel and declared it “pure, upbeat sunshine,” while other writers found that Tameside “rustles our inner 90's and takes us back to younger, freer days when nothing seemed to hold us back from having a good time (mp3hugger).
An Overnight Low’s tracks