The top 10 Americana music videos

Creating videos to accompany releases has long been the norm in the music business and our particular field of interest, although not generally burdened with the cliche of mainstream releases is still prone to taking the easy route and there are some frankly dull examples. However some have aspired to create a work of art in their own right whether it be social commentary, an amusing narrative or a comment on the human condition as highlighted by the lyric in that particular song. The videos featured are all ‘official’ releases, although there are some great fan videos wherein footage has been added to tracks (Phil Bebbington’s channel holds many jewels from our genre); however for the purposes of this exercise we will stick to the artist’s ‘vision’. Continue reading “The top 10 Americana music videos”

Songs for the apocalypse: The Low Anthem “To Ohio”

It was about 10 years ago that I first came across Rhode Island’s Low Anthem in a soggy field (well, garden) in Wiltshire when they played one of their famous End of the Road performances, and like most of the music I love sobbed my way through most of the set. ‘To Ohio’ with its line about every new love being basically just a shadow is a classic example of everything that’s great about the band, and those harmonies you would kill for, let alone die.

The Low Anthem announce UK tour dates, new single – Listen

As we hinted last week, the Low Anthem’s return might not be what you’re expecting. Inspired by a van crash and years holed up restoring and experimenting in an old theatre in Rhode Island, it’s an elegiac and largely acoustic song cycle peppered with a humming electronic ambience – listen to the lead single below.  The full album is out this Friday and the band have just announced a series of UK dates (plus one in Ireland) in April to promote the record, and where we imagine you’ll be able to hear some of their angelic harmonised sound too.  Here are those dates. Continue reading “The Low Anthem announce UK tour dates, new single – Listen”

Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR

NPR music tend to stream some amazing stuff these days and the new album from The Low Anthem is no exception, although it may well surprise you.  They report: “I can’t think of another album that sounds quite like The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea. Not in title, not in sound. Oh, there are familiar song structures and vocal harmonies. But hearing this record brought me back to the night I learned of the accident: a crashed van, strewn and broken gear, and how lucky they were to all be alive. That’s when it all clicked. Continue reading “Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR”