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