The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem Biography

On June 9, 2009, Nonesuch Records released the updated version of The Low Anthem's Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, which had a limited but critically praised independent release late last year. Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels "homemade" and "solemnly beautiful," and NPR Music called the song "To Ohio" a "tender stunner" in choosing it as a Song of the Day.

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was co-produced by The Low Anthem and Jesse Lauter. The band, Lauter, and several good friends went to Block Island, RI, for ten cold days in January 2008. They brought recording equipment along on the ferry ride and made the album by woodstove in an empty summer cabin. Among the 27 instruments on the record are zither, pump organ, Tibetan singing bowl, and an oil drum. The Low Anthem pays homage to two heroes with the record's only cover, a one-take rendition of "Home I'll Never Be," with words by Jack Kerouac and music by Tom Waits.

"Most of the music was stately and mournful, with lyrics contemplating faith, loss, destruction and self-destruction in visionary imagery ... Every so often, making the quiet songs sound even quieter, the Low Anthem played something electric, bluesy and distorted, but equally serene in its desolation." —New York Times

"They're constantly mixing up tempo, volume and instrumentation, but always in lock-stop harmony, like a beautifully turned double play." —Paste

"Truly startling songwriters and instrumentalists. Theirs is a gloriously romantic vision of America that sits somewhere between Dylan and Waits… A highly eventful journey into American songcraft, variously echoing Dylan, Springsteen, The Band and, explicitly, Tom Waits, thanks to a couple of rasping blues stompers which contrast dramatically to the churchy curtain-raiser." —Mojo

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