Exclusive: Watch The Low Anthem’s Mesmerizing “Give My Body Back” Video

Their new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is out now

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Exclusive: Watch The Low Anthem’s Mesmerizing “Give My Body Back” Video

Rhode Island-based folk band The Low Anthem have just released their newest LP, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea, via Joyful Noise Recordings. Per the band’s announcement earlier this year, the concept album tells a story inspired by one found inside the Kay Larsen-written biography of John Cage, Where the Heart Beats: A salt doll goes into the depths of the sea to find herself but loses her body in the process. The beautiful story comes to a pivotal point during the third song on the LP, “Give My Body Back.” The Low Anthem now share the Paste-exclusive music video for this song with you today.

The music video is hauntingly beautiful. Created by Dann Dodd and The Low Anthem co-founder Ben Knox Miller, it follows the narrative of a cube-shaped salt doll as she enters the waters of the ocean to discover who she really is. In a statement to Paste, Knox Miller shares what brought about the salt doll’s unique shape:

When I started writing these songs I didn’t know what a salt doll looked like. I would ask anyone with a napkin and a pencil to scribble me one. I got some gingerbread people and some interpretations that were more architectural. All the sketches, including my own, were too anthropomorphic. When I asked Dan Dodd for an interpretation they cut a perfect salt cube out of a national geographic and we were like, yes. Let salt be salt. Then we had to make our doll 3D so we asked a glass blower for dolls at a few different sizes. Neither of us ever made a video before. Super fun.

In its lyrics, “Give My Body Back” describes the underwater landscape in which the salt doll now finds herself. Still unclear about who she is, the salt doll observes herself in relation to her new world and realizes she is dissolving: “Under the wilder cyclones / Tearing at my skin / I see the edges soften / As I shed some part back in.”

The themes of self-discovery found on The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea come at the end of a period of reflection and profound evolution for the band and its respective members, after having survived a car accident that ended their 2016 tour. The band now find purpose at a grass-roots level, giving back to their community by running a vaudeville-era theater in Providence, R.I., managed by band co-founders Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky. “I like to call it a palace of music,” says Prystowsky. “You’re walking into a theatre from almost a hundred years ago, still intact, built for the acoustics of music, pre-the invention of the PA. It’s so unlike anything in the 21st century that it ignites your creative muscles to work. You immediately lose your frame of reference, in a good way.”

In support of their new album, The Low Anthem will embark on a North American tour, kicking off their run in the band’s very own Columbus Theatre on Feb. 24. Watch the mesmerizing music video for “Give My Body Back” below, followed by a 2013 Low Anthem performance from the Paste Cloud. Then, find the band’s full tour slate beneath that. Again, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is out right now—stream the album via Spotify or Apple Music, or grab a copy here.

The Low Anthem Tour Dates:

February
24 – Providence, R.I. @ Columbus Theatre

March
02 – North Hampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse*
03 – Portland, Maine @ Space Gallery*
04 – Burlington, Vt. @ ArtsRiot*
07 – Hamden, Conn. @ The Ballroom*
08 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brendas*
09 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom*
10 – Washington District of Columbia @ Union Stage*
11 – Freehold, N.J. @ Concerts In The Studio
23 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ The Andy Warhol Museum
24 – Nelsonville, Ohio @ Stuart’s Opera House^
25 – Charleston, W.Va. @ Mountain Stage
27 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar +
28 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Off Broadway Nightclub +
29 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Back Room At Colectivo Coffee +
30 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall +
31 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club +

April
01 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon +
03 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ HIFI +
04 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark +
05 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Great Hall +
06 – Montreal, Quebec @Le Belmont +
07 – Kingston, N.Y. @ BSP Lounge

( * – W/ Mega Bog)
(+ – W/ Haley Heynderickx)
(^ – W/ The Ophelias)

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