Lowland Hum aims for "Thin"
Friday, December 16, 2016
– Lowland Hum, the Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo, announced today they would release their fourth release, "Thin," in February.
"Thin" drops Feb. 10.
The band wound down 2016 with an east coast tour supporting Josh Ritter and premiering two singles ("Palm Lines" and "Thin Places") from the forthcoming release. The video for "Palm Lines" premiered live on Ditty TV, while "Thin Places," is now out.
Based in Charlottesville, Va., Lowland Hum is Daniel and Lauren Goans. They met in North Carolina in 2009 when Daniel crashed a party at Lauren's apartment. The next year, Daniel asked Lauren to collaborate on an album he was working on, by adding harmony vocals and designing the artwork for the project, with her background in visual arts. Eventually, Lauren's voice was added to half the album.
Lowland Hum formed officially in 2012, a few months after the two were married. They debuted with "Native Air" in 2013, following it up in 2014 with "Four Sisters," a conceptual EP and video series. Last year, they released their eponymous sophomore full-length album.
Tour dates are.
Feb. 10 - McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square - Charlotte, NC*
Feb. 11 - Modlin Center for the Arts - Richmond, VA*
Feb. 17 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Feb. 28 - Iota Club - Arlington, VA
March 1 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
March 3 - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA
March 4 - The Music Hall Loft - Portsmouth, NH
March 7 - Milkboy - Philadelphia, PA
* with Josh Ritter
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