New the Low Anthem Next Month
Looking ahead this year 2011 could shape up to be yet another stellar one for music fans. One release that I am anxiously awaiting is the new one from the Low Anthem. The follow-up to 2009’s spectacular Oh My God, Charlie Darwin the new release is called Smart Flesh and is scheduled for release on February 22nd via Nonesuch.
From the band’s website:
A credible, edible* collection of 11 songs. Softer than your velvet Elvis and fiercer than Lady Hate herself. Chapped, naked love songs, lazier than the drifting sun. Songs of fear, cruelty and redemption. Songs on songs. Essence and nonsense. Frequencies for sympathetic architects. A church - a black hole – silence – exit music for thunder. Oooeeee! Herein: that bulbous, intelligent brain flesh of empty whales. That vacuous and monotonous flesh of the tumor. That taut flesh of the archer and his drawn bow. That trembling gut of the tightrope, that humming steel of airplanes. Woe that endless hunt. Woe ye embalmers of beauty. Woah! That tender and redeemed flesh…
*FOR YOUR EARS ONLY, WITH LOVE
The first 250 pre-orders of the recording from The Low Anthem store include a letterpress printed poster, signed by the band. All pre-orders include an instant download of the album's opening track, "Ghost Woman Blues”. Notable too, the first 5,000 CDs will come in letterpress printed packages with a bonus disc featuring three unreleased tracks from the Smart Flesh sessions. As well, the first 5,000 vinyl copies will also come in exclusive letterpress packages. The CD and vinyl are already available for pre-order through the band’s website, at shows, or through Nonesuch.
Catch the Low Anthem here on tour:
01/13 New York, NY @ American Songbook at Lincoln Center
01/26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern (w/ Iron & Wine)
02/24 Washington, DC @ Sixth I Historic Synagogue
02/25 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
02/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
02/27 Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
02/28 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/2 Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03/3 Montreal, QC @ Sala Rosa
03/4 Boston, MA @ Old South Church
03/5 North Adams, MA @ Mass MoCA
03/7 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
The Low Anthem "Two Sisters" [Tom Waits cover] LIVE 6.6.09 from Tim Gurczak on Vimeo.