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Published on Apr 2, 2009
The Low Anthem - "Charlie Darwin" , from the acclaimed album 'Oh My God, Charlie Darwin' , released on Nonesuch, in Spring 2009.
Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels homemade and solemnly beautiful, and NPR Music called the song To Ohio a tender stunner in choosing it as a Song of the Day, saying, At times languid and haunting, but with detours into Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, The Low Anthems music seems equally informed by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Band and a late-night ride home in Joni Mitchells car.
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was co-produced by The Low Anthem and Jesse Lauter. The band, Lauter, and several good friends went to Block Island, RI, for ten cold days in January 2008. They brought recording equipment along on the ferry ride and made the album by woodstove in an empty summer cabin. Among the 27 instruments on the record are zither, pump organ, Tibetan singing bowl, and an oil drum. The Low Anthem pays homage to two heroes with the records only cover, a one-take rendition of Home Ill Never Be, with words by Jack Kerouac and music by Tom Waits.