Lowland Hum

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This past year for us included countless hours of driving and exposure to a lot of new places. We have taken in so much beauty that at times it felt that our minds could not hold a mite more. For much of it we were thankful but the pace and volume of this influx felt almost oppressive at times. Throughout the year we kept wondering if all of the stimulus would result in any creative outpouring. For a while it seemed not to. We felt generally overstimulated and over saturated. When we stepped into the studio to record these songs (many of which were written while on the road), it felt as though a switch was flipped in our brains. A crack formed and all those months of input compounding and building pressure, finally had an opening out of which to flow. Many of the songs quickly grew in scale and scope; something that unnerved us at first. Eventually we gave in and allowed the songs to stretch into whatever shape they seemed to require. We enlisted the help of some talented musicians to allow the songs all of the sonic growth needed. It was invigorating and healing. It is a joy to share the results with you.

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released April 14, 2015

All songs written by Daniel Levi Goans and Lauren Plank Goans.
All songs © 2015 Daniel Levi Goans Music (ASCAP)

Produced by Daniel and Lauren Goans and Edd Kerr
Additional production by Guion Pratt on "Jack of Hearts"
Recorded and engineered by Edd Kerr at White Star Sound in Louisa, VA and Edd's home studio in Durham, NC
"Odell" mixed by Peter Katis
"Olivia," "Charleston," "Jack of Hearts," "Fold" and "Under the Rub," "Lautrec" and "1999" mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman
"Older, Wiser," "Nightdriving" and "Rolling and Rolling" mixed by Stephen Price
"Morning Meal" mixed by Greg Abate
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering
Art and design by Lauren Plank Goans

Joseph Dickey - electric bass, upright bass
Edd Kerr - sound design, percussion, electric guitars, moog, synth
Dan Faust - drums
Guion Pratt - guitars, arrangement (including electric-guitar-christmas-choir on "Under the Rub")
Peter Katis - synth on "Odell"
Wilder Atkins - mountain dulcimer on "Morning Meal"
Micah Berman - trumpet on "Olivia"
Lauren - copious vocals, rhodes, moog, ambient percussion
Daniel - vocals, guitars, rhodes, piano, synth, percussion, timpani
Special thanks to Alex Mejias for countless hours on the phone offering kindness, wisdom, friendship and help in many forms, and to Guion Pratt for vision and arranging help.

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Lowland Hum Charlottesville, Virginia

Lowland Hum is an art-folk band based in Charlottesville, VA made up of Daniel and Lauren Goans. The duo has toured extensively since the band's inception in 2013 to support their two full length albums and one EP. Lowland Hum's songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic. Their third full length album will be released in early 2017. ... more

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Track Name: Odell
I bathe in light and watch the steam whispering
perfect milky porcelain
It is not me,
my pressed down soul

Henri, Henri,
through you I see
A mother's love, no room for me

I gave my sons all that I had
One flew on home, life's bitter seed
The other broke, never a man
He paints me now,
my pressed down soul

Henri, Henri,
through you I see
A mother's love, no room for me

He paints the gleam of china fine,
the hue of day a sharp white wine
Green lungs that breathe outside my door,
my pressed down soul
Track Name: Olivia
Woman and a man
Lean against the wind
Fist in pocket, hand in hand
Utilitarian grip
Backs weighed down, heavy laden
Saturday breakfast sitting inside them
Off they go to win the day
Hoods and special shoes, stronger than the rain

Olivia
Here we are
I want to have a good time with you
O spread a smile
Across your face
I want to have a good time with you

Woman and a man
Squeeze an orange into a bowl
Slotted spoon in hand to pull
Hazy August day
Don't let it sink away
Open windows, shrill cicadas
Like grinding metal heat radiators
Sunlight tracing shapes on the wall
Get your body in the water before it turns fall
Track Name: Charleston
Charleston
She went South for the money

You’d better walk it off
Better walk it off

Bitter rain
Smoke on the corner

Where is brother Cain
When I don’t get my way
Don’t get in my way

She’s picking up the pieces
Calling out the descent
Such fine furniture sitting in the basement 
Such strong cigarettes
Drawn by delicate red
Pray for sleep after
Pray you can sleep after
A little folding of the hands and poverty stabs on a sunny afternoon
Track Name: Jack of Hearts
The Jack of Hearts with wily eyes
Corrupted without intention
Moving with grace and ease like violence
He marked his prey with friendship
Donning a mask of sneering glass
The Jack marched North for good
Electric wind at his back
And the fire of the misunderstood
 
The Jack of Hearts pulled strings without
Lifting any fingers
His dark brow charms slowly destroyed
Defenses like waves on sandstone
Women wept as they got swept up
Into the Jack's deep shadow
Men felt small, knelt down and scrawled
Out excuses in sunburned dirt
Reasons why what he said hurt
 
Some men shout to be heard
Others whisper to be ignored
But the Jack of Hearts left the listener in the dark
And while smiling breathed out disaster
Unconcerned, and weeping with laughter
 
March on, march on
Revolution in the dark
Compromise breeds confusion
March on, march on
Don’t let silence mar the throne
Never look a man in the eye
March on, march on
Don’t look closely at the horn
Where the white knuckles grasp the leather

March on, march on
Don’t let silence mar the throne
Never look a man in the eye
March on, march on
Wearing darkness like a gown
Keep on moving
You’re a rich man now
Track Name: 1999
Now, when I close my eyes
Rooms dematerialize
I soar above salt water
Warm sand under my hands
I’m free
 
I have all the time in the world
I’m free
 
I used to keep quiet
Before I learned words
My bones dried, were chalk
Hot and heavy
I balked
Hot and heavy
In the world
Weary
 
I opened the door
Dug up the photograph
Ball point pen royal blue:
“I have failed 1999.”
 
Blessed is the one whose sin is gone
 
She cried
Track Name: Older, Wiser
Her kitchen is a lantern
She makes her preserves
In reel to reel
Voices are the ribbons
Trace the maze
Pocket the past

I hope my body is only a shell
A shadow at dusk
The ring of a bell

Won’t put the research in the ground
She lives on raw nerves
Meals ready to eat
Voices are the engineers
Fall for the warnings
Get word to your family

I hope my body is only a shell
A shadow at dusk
The ring of a bell

Red phone ring
I want to speak to the president please
Red phone ring
Won’t someone send us a common enemy
World War 3
Been waiting for you to undo me
Red Phone ring
What can I leave to my family
What’s it about if it’s not about me
Track Name: Fold
Stained glass reminds me of the way
I got refracted by my playmates
I tried to seize power from them with my imagination

I tied a rope around a stick
So I could make ends meet
A little breeze
Awake the spark and nudge the heat
Making ends meet

All in the how we pick it up
All in the how we fold it up
Track Name: Lautrec
The death of your brother
Put the nail in the coffin

O where is your father
Did you see him in the horses

When you should’ve been growing
You broke both your thigh bones

You smash all the mirrors
And sing through the canvas

Death came early and stayed too long
Often told the truth
Track Name: Nightdriving
We drive into the dark
Trees forming a line into the dark
I don't know where we are
Or when we'll get there
Or where there is

We are carving our
Fading tunnel into the night

Lightning on power lines
Metronome strobe divides
The road
Blurs all the time
Stay in the lines

White noise
Tires breathing
The ocean in a shell
Track Name: Rolling and Rolling
Riding my bike
Pushing as hard as I can
Blowing off steam
And energy I don't understand
My friend Charles has an older brother
They live down the street
He slipped us a magazine
I felt big but I looked through squinted eyes
My mom found us on the trampoline

Growing up is like gravity
A steady erosion
I wasn't ready
The waves in the ocean
They're rolling and rolling
Rolling and rolling

Five hundred miles
To the right of the Outer Banks
A volcano gave birth 
To beaches of the softest sand
Perched in caves looking at water
The color of jewels
I held my breath and beauty too
Who would hold these things
As close as I do
A box full of fuses

Growing up is like gravity
A steady erosion
I wasn't ready
The waves in the ocean
They're rolling and rolling
Rolling and rolling

I'm hitching a ride
On the back of a ferris wheel
Take me to my manhood
Track Name: Morning Meal
I’m as balanced as a deer
Walking across a frozen pond
Lost when I don’t get my way
I wear red eyes on a carnival ride

Won’t you come and feed us in the morning
Won’t you come and feed us with the morning light

I’m as silver as the moon
Taking credit for a borrowed tune
I try hard but I’m still cruel
I’m sad but not out of concern for you

Won’t you come and feed us in the morning
Won’t you come and feed us with the morning light

I’m discerning as a dog
Easy to please
Desires gone wrong
Down on my knees
Sickness, relief

Won’t you come and feed us in the morning
Won’t you come and feed us with the morning light

Make me steady like a melody
Make me humble like a wheat field
Make me soft as an open window
Help me love what is unending
Track Name: Under the Rub
Brought low by the mistletoe
And recollected lost dreams
People mention my heroes
And clumsy, younger men

In the same breath
Arrange them on the same plane
I feel the weight of my absence
From the conversation

I keep looking at my cell phone
Can’t stop looking at my cell phone

My brother’s out on the mountain
My sister’s in the class room
The town breathes on without us
We drive on through the afternoon

You’re riding quiet beside me
One more field whispers past
I need a laser
Landmark breaking up the stream

I keep looking at my cell phone
Can’t stop looking at my cell phone

In the rooms surrounding
Ten songs play at once
All of a sudden
A long awaited cheer erupts

I keep looking at my cell phone
Can’t stop looking at my cell phone