Lowland Hum

by Lowland Hum

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1.
Sunday 01:30
2.
Odell 03:12
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
3.
Olivia 04:17
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
4.
Charleston 04:40
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
5.
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
6.
1999 03:12
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
7.
Older, Wiser 03:56
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
8.
Fold 02:17
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
9.
Lautrec 04:23
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
10.
Nightdriving 04:03
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
11.
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
12.
Morning Meal 04:48
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
13.
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

about

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, Virginia, made up of husband/wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. The band’s songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic. Lowland Hum’s engaging performance style is a seamless blend of vulnerability and comedy, paving the way for moments of intimate connection and levity alike. ... more

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