The Low Anthem: 'The Ballad of the Broken Bones'

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It's common for artists these days to shun traditional song structures. They take pains to deconstruct straight folk or pop standards for a more eclectic mashup of acoustic and electronic instrumentation and beats. But Rhode Island duo The Low Anthem keeps it real with an authentic old-school folk that digs deep into the Americana past.

The Low Anthem's reverence for tradition results in a beautifully recorded collection of handmade songs called What the Crow Brings. It's a creaky, barebones album that travels dusty roads of both sorrow and joy. While the album is steeped in the past, inspired melodies and careful use of toy piano, pump organ and horns keep it sounding fresh.

The Low Anthem is the music of Ben Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky. The two self-produced What the Crow Brings and performed all the instruments.

The featured track is inspired by a collection of bones hanging in an old bar in New York City's East Village. The artifacts were placed there by soldiers drafted in the first World War. Surviving men returned to the bar after the War to break their respective bones and have a long overdue beer.

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