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
More news for Lowland Hum
CD reviews for Lowland Hum
Daniel and Lauren Goans, the duo known as Lowland Hum, have always remained true to all their name implies, indulging in lowcast songs etched in a shoegaze motif. In that regard, their "Glyphonic" is really no different than any of their previous entries, given that it unfolds as a series of soft serenades, each ushered in through a steady strum of acoustic guitars and hushed harmonies that echo through repeated refrains. It's precious, but pervasive, and on songs such as »»»
As a husband and wife duo, Daniel and Lauren Goans are naturally in sync. Their hushed harmonies and low-lit melodies boast an unmistakable folk finesse, one so pure and natural it seems like second nature. As their handle suggests, theirs' is hardly the boldest sound around, but it's compelling and convincing all the same.
Indeed, after a trio of earlier releases, that's all too evident, and if titling "Thin" was the result of a desire to affirm that fact, then suffice »»»
The songwriting on Lowland Hum's sophomore effort isn't particularly clever; there are no self-penned folky anthems, rousing foot-stompers or new takes on old chestnuts. If it's jaw-dropping displays of folk musicianship you seek, look elsewhere; in fact, outside of Lauren Goans occasionally channeling folk-bluegrass songstress Sara Watkins, the vocals of this husband-and-wife duo aren't stirring or memorable.
Yet there's this compelling air about the new 13-song »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them
Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be.
And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove
Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues.
Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion »»»
Lady Antebellum may lean a little too closely to pop music for many tastes, but it's hard to argue with the trio's song choices. And its latest collection is filled with many memorable songs. The single "What If I Never Get Over You," »»»
Most hard core country fans certainly have heard David Ball's 1994 "Thinkin' Problem," a true honky tonk classic. Ominvore is releasing the album in remastered expanded format with eight bonus tracks, marking its 25th anniversary. »»»
Veteran Texas artist Stoney Larue has been through a lot in 20 years of touring and recording and puts that experience to good use on his first release since 2015's "Just Us." "Onward" enlists veteran Nashville producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson »»»
Travelin' Thru The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 1967-1969 featuring Johnny Cash
All these many years later, Bob Dylan 'bootleg' songs are still better than many intentional studio releases from other artists. Although some might have been shocked at the time to learn of Dylan's sojourn south to Nashville »»»
Play the Hits
When The Mavericks call an album "Play The Hits," It really should be qualified as "Play The Selective Hits" because this band has never been especially interested in performing only what's commercially viable. »»»