The Low Anthem, “To Ohio”
The Song of the Day returns! Due to my weekend trip to Texas over the weekend, this space has been somewhat empty since last week. However, fear not, ye loyal readers: We have returned — and we come bearing gifts of great music.
God knows I have an ample soft spot for folkies — and the Low Anthem are no exception. The group’s sparse arrangements are paired with beautiful melodies and even more luscious harmonies, as prominently featured on “To Ohio” off their most recent album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. Destination (or “road trip”) songs have proliferated over the past few decades to the point that they have almost become passe. However, there’s a sense of longing in the Low Anthem’s attempt that I haven’t heard since Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Perhaps that’s just me being a sucker for melancholy guitar work, mourning harmonica bridges and perfectly blended harmonies — or maybe I’m actually right and they’re pretty good. You be the judge; Take a listen below and tell me what you think.
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