The Low Anthem - Ghost Woman Blues
The Low Anthem like to do things themselves.
Recording their debut album, ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’ became a cult success. Self-released, the music managed to spread far beyond their native Rhode Island.
Later given a British release by Bella Union, the album’s stark Americana seemed to come from somewhere very personal. Given a larger budget to work with, The Low Anthem’s follow up is - if anything - even more sparse.
Eschewing the world of lavish studios the band opted to record the album in a factory. Producer Mike Mogis took control of the sessions, which used a former pasta sauce warehouse and a former reptile breeder’s garage which they nicknamed “the gator pit.”
The results are deeply impressive. Out today (February 21st) ‘Smart Flesh’ is a major step forwards by The Low Anthem. Mixing mature songwriting with a stark, breathless atmosphere the album has a rare intimacy - due in part to where it was recorded.
“We knew right away when we stepped into the factory that the space was really the main instrument for the whole record” says Ben Knox Miller. “The resonance was chilling. We were able to experiment with new recording techniques to capture the sound at different distances. Mics 100-200 feet away caught the sound barrelling across the room.”
Taken from the new album, ‘Ghost Woman Blues’ is a stark yet stirring way to ease yourself into the working week.