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Champion Angel – The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem began in Providence in 2006 as a collaboration between Ben Knox Miller, a folk musician and painter from New York’s Hudson Valley and Jeff Prystowsky, a jazz bassist and baseball scholar from New Jersey. The duo met at Brown University as on-air personalities for the college’s commercial alternative formatted station WBRU.

Having played together since 2002 in various ensembles ranging from rock, to electronica, to classical, their mutual interest in Americana, baseball, and morally agnostic narrative necessitated the formation of The Low Anthem. Dan Lefkowitz, a bluesman from Strasburg, VA joined the band in September 2006 and amicably left the band in March 2007, with his song “This God Damn House” remaining in the band’s live repertoire. In November 2007 classical composer and NASA technician Jocie Adams joined the project.

In 2009, the band performed at South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.

The band has appeared on the NPR radio programs All Things Considered and World Cafe. Their album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was named Album of the Month by Uncut. They are nominated for the 2009 Uncut Music Award.

This can only be described as a rollicking great song from one of the albums of the year

“Champion Angel” – The Low Anthem

Throw up your voice but not you mind
While them agents of change go monopolize
Their colors and their faces are just shades of the same
All lost in the game
And we don’t need no personal saviors here
Just a warm hearth and water. It’s purely biological
No posturing mannequin man or woman
Shall receive my hand
Among all you angels is a champion angel
Among all you devils there’s a free soul
Up from the disenfranchised the engine cries
Up from the circle there’s a hole
The child insubordinate disrupts the pecking order
So go marry young while you can
‘Cause the weave of the rug and the cut of the throne
Testify before the ocean’s open hand
I promise you this promise we are not alone
But why is it I alone that promise this
Deny the forces that would hurry men
If you still can
We come now to a fracture in the road
Here time has taken her toll
The endless freezing and the thawing of the heart
Would eventually divide us apart
What’s that you found in the pocket of your coat
Looks like a small sentiment that she wrote
Don’t be my personal savior I would not be saved
I chose to walk alone

Click HERE for my earlier post featuring their brilliant cover of Bob Dylan’s “Dignity”

To buy the music of The Low Anthem click HERE


January 4, 2010 - Posted by | New Music |

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