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The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

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The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

The Low Anthem: Folk Music 3.0

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Matter Of Time

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The Rhode Island quartet The Low Anthem recently played a session for WFUV in New York City. Ryan Mastro/Courtesy of Shore Fire Media hide caption

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The Rhode Island quartet The Low Anthem recently played a session for WFUV in New York City.

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Hear The Songs From This Session

Hey, All You Hippies!

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Boeing 737

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Ghost Woman Blues

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It's easy to get distracted when The Low Anthem is in the room. There are all those exotic, vintage instruments — the band is on a mission to collect and preserve pump organs, for example — and then there are the colorful outfits they wear. Which, of course, is saying nothing of the group's storied history: One member worked for NASA, another has an unpronounceable name, and all of them gathered in an abandoned pasta-sauce factory to record their latest album, Smart Flesh.

Hopefully, none of this distracts listeners from the music, which is at times a rowdy stomp, at others a breathless, hymn-like hush. The Low Anthem's music is always compelling, inventive and fresh. Welcome to folk music 3.0.