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The Low Anthem - The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:9 Release Date:2018-02-23
The Low Anthem - The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea
The Low Anthem - The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea

Coming up to their new album, The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea, a title that somehow reflects the band’s journey so far, The Low Anthem can in many ways sing themselves that refrain from The Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’” -  “What a strange, long trip it has been…”

Starting out as “folk darlings”, buddies Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky achieved wide success as a quartet, particularly their album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, selling sizeable album quantities everywhere (and least back home in the US), touring with almost everybody who’s a name on the indie rock scene, losing members, renting a theatre in their home town of Providence, Rhode Island, coming up with an album that alienated quite a few of their fans, going through a terrible car crash (Knox Miller)…

So here we are with the new album, as that long strange trip continues, and that includes the music on this album. The Low Anthem have always included elements in their music that couldn’t purely be connected with folk. But, their previous album, Eyeland, by some opinions, went too far in including electronic elements in the music and turned out to actually alienate quite a number of the band's fans, certainly reflecting on the sales.

The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea is neither another wild experiment as Eyeland was, nor is it a return to the old folkie The Low Anthem many would wish for. It is both of those. Somehow, the band was able to strike a good balance between more experimental musical patterns, like on the opener “Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird” and all-electronic "Dotwav," or great pure melody lines like on “Give My Body Back”, while songs like “Drowsy Dowsing Dolls” actually combine the two in perfect harmony which they are able to achieve throughout this record.

The album shows that you can pack many musical ideas that are at the same time new and familiar in barely a bit over half an hour, proof that Knox Miller and Prystowsky, as well as other band members, have recovered and recuperated from accidents and bad times, coming up with another brilliant album. Again.

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