The Low Anthem
have announced their newest LP, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea, along with an album trailer for the work. The Rhode Island natives come back in 2018 inspired by a car accident that changed the band.
“One second you’re dozing off in the passenger seat on the way to a gig, and the next, there’s fire and hell flames and black smoke and your face is bleeding and you can’t see, and you can’t process information, and you think it’s all over.” These are the words of Jeff Prystowsky, a founding member of the band, who describes the car accident that resulted in the cancellation of The Low Anthem’s 2016 tour after just four days on the road.
On the way to a show in Washington, D.C, The Low Anthem’s tour van crashed, wrecking a lot of the band’s gear and instruments in the process, and putting Prystowsky out of commission for several weeks as he receoved from minor injuries. The accident was said to be a driving force behind the band’s new album, created while Prystowsky was in recovery.
The album, conceptualized by Low Anthem cofounder Knox Miller, was inspired by John Cage biography Where the Heart Beats, written by Kay Larsen. The book tells the story of a salt doll who goes to the sea in search of herself. Each time, the salt doll puts a piece of her inside the ocean—she gains the wisdom that the ocean brings, but dissolves herself little by little until every part of her is lost in the sea. The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is a concept album following the narrative of the salt doll in her quest for self-discovery.
From the album’s sound, we can count on the usual harmonic voices of the band accompanied by guitars and “subtle yet immersive” electronic ambiance. Miller had to record the album using stripped-down instruments, since most of the band’s gear was lost in the accident. What we can expect from this album is a band that’s matured far beyond their conception in 2006. With their collective life experiences and the band members’ personal highs and lows, The Low Anthem are ready to take on their musical career, more forward-thinking and confident than ever.
The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is set to release Feb. 23—you can preorder it here. Check out the album trailer below, along with the tracklist, album art and video of a 2012 Low Anthem performance from the Paste Cloud.
The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea Tracklist:
01. Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird
02. River Brine
03. Give My Body Back
04. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls
05. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song
06. Toowee Toowee
07. Coral Crescent
09. Cy Twombly By Campfire
11. To Get Over Only One Side
12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella
The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea Album Art: