Just announced! The Low Anthem are coming to Queens Social Club in November…
Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky united as The Low Anthem in 2007, best friends constructing something altogether new from old musical traditions. The band’s artistic range and ardent passion for exploration came to the fore with 2008’s breakthrough second album, OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN (self-released and then reissued a year later to worldwide acclaim by the estimable Nonesuch label). SMART FLESH followed in 2011, earning further international applause for The Low Anthem’s remarkable adventurousness as both artists and producers.
Following a 2011 tour in support of their extraordinary SMART FLESH album, The Low Anthem returned to Providence to begin searching for a unique new studio space. Their quixotic quest ultimately led to The Columbus, a local theatre built in 1926 as a vaudeville house and shuttered since 2009, “OPENING SOON” promised on the marquee. A large vacant room designed for maximum acoustics, The Columbus offered everything The Low Anthem was looking for – an ideal studio space to begin recording their next album as well as a concert hall unlike any other in the Providence area. Dubbing their new studio as the true life “Eyeland,” the duo immediately set about exploring its sonic capabilities, experimenting with every bizarre phenomenon of sound they could find.
EYELAND marks the Low Anthem’s fourth full-length recording and first new music since 2011’s SMART FLESH. An unprecedented collection of multi-dimensional future folk crafted with true vision and emotional depth, EYELAND follows an extraordinary five-year journey for The Low Anthem. What began as a “vague and rather abstract” short story by co-founder/singer/guitarist Ben Knox Miller became real life as Low Anthem immersed themselves in the creation of their own Eyeland Studios, developing Providence’s once obsolete Columbus Theatre into an innovative recording space and live concert venue. EYELAND proves a prism of the album’s inner themes, refracting Miller and co-founding drummer/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Prystowsky’s sonic escapades into a full-blown Möbius strip of music and meaning. Assisted by current Low Anthem musicians Florence Wallis and Bryan Minto as well as such first generation members as Jocie Adams, Mike Irwin, Tyler Osborne, and Andy Davis, their lofty aspirations and creative capriciousness resonate throughout songs like ”Her Little Cosmos,” “The Pepsi Moon” and “Behind The Airport Mirror,” their elegiac arrangements and lyrical frankness marked by shimmering ambience and a hauntingly defiant tension. Psychedelic in the truest sense of that overused word, EYELAND is a perspective-shifting musical experience at once elliptical and intangible yet still precise and powerfully personal.