The Low Anthem is a band that NPR Music has been watching for some time. A lot of us here are awed by the group's ability to play simple, stunning, charming music in a way that draws the listener in, no matter what the environment. The Low Anthem was mesmerizing at both its Tiny Desk Concert, and at the 2009 Newport Folk Festival.
The band also has its own unique, unconventional and endearing way of approaching the music world. While we remember last year's Newport appearance, what you may not know is that just the year before the group was at the festival too — only its members were volunteering to pick up trash. Talk about gumption.
The Low Anthem's new record Smart Flesh is set to be released on February 22, and keeps in line with the band's out-of-the-box thinking. According to the band's album announcement, the majority of the songs were "recorded in a cavernous, vacant pasta sauce factory in Central Falls, RI." The song in this video, "Wire," features Jocie Adams on clarinet.
The subject matter isn't exactly common place either. It'll have "paranormal hitchhikers, taut highwires, aircraft, swelling tumors, whirring machinery, deserted highways, mannequins, cremation, and formaldehyde." Sounds like a recipe for some juicy late-night listening.