The band’s new album is Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. If there’s a new definition of Americana, The Low Anthem have created it. And along with bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper & the softer side of MMJ, The Low Anthem are making something soft, strange & beautiful. Buy two copies of this record; one for yourself and give one to someone who really loves music.
The first thing I thought to myself when I sat through the new album from Providence, Rhode Island’s The Low Anthem was that I wanted whatever drugs they were taking for their musical schizophrenia. One moment angelic, haunting, languid and dignified, the next moment all Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, there’s a singular vision at work here with touchstones such as Simon & Garfunkel, Red House Painters, Dylan’s Highway 61, Aaron Copland, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Band, and a night ride home in Joni Mitchell’s car. The band has primarily been a trio and includes Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. They are currently on tour opening for Rachael Yamagata.