Lowland Hum releases new vid, slates tour
Friday, August 2, 2013
– Lowland Hum, the husband and wife duo Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans, premiered a video for an alternate version of their song Albatross
on the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog
Lowland Hum self-releases its first full-length disc, "Native Air," on Aug. 6 and then kicks off a tour.
Lowland Hum created the video entirely on their own, and it features much of their own artwork and craft. American Songwriter premiered an exclusive stream of the duo's debut album.
The self-produced "Native Air" was recorded at Daniel Goans' parents' home and mixed by Rick Parker, whose recent work with Lord Huron the pair admired. The album was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Inspired by Lauren's independent design and publishing business, Florida House Press, the band seeks to seamlessly integrate visual, musical and even olfactory methods during performances. The duo create illuminated art installations to frame their performances, and distribute handmade lyric booklets and bread from local bakeries to cultivate a communal experience.
They met while Daniel was working on his solo album. She sang on four tracks. Shortly thereafter, they married and formed Lowland Hum, writing and recording all of their songs collaboratively. The pair were drawn to the name as it alludes to "what is felt but not seen; the buzzing electricity underneath everything."
Tour dates are:
Aug. 9 Greensboro, NC Glenwood Coffee & Books
Aug. 10 Carrboro, NC The Arts Center
Aug. 22 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
Aug. 29 Washington, DC Scooby Doo Mansion
Aug. 30 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
Aug. 31 Norfolk, VA Borjo Coffee
Sept. 4 Knoxville, TN Remedy Coffee
Sept. 6 Nashville, TN Stone Fox
Sept. 10 Greensboro, NC Triad Stage
Sept. 12 Charlottesville, VA Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Sept. 13 Richmond, VA The Camel
Sept. 19 Boone, NC Local Lion
Oct. 3 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
Oct. 8 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
Oct. 11 Cambridge, MA Out of the Blue Gallery
Oct. 25 Charleston, SC King Dusko
Nov. 1 Asheville, NC Jack of the Woods
Nov. 8 Birmingham, AL The Red Cat
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