The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea
After a two year wait, Rhode Island’s The Low Anthem return with their fifth album, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea.
The band’s latest output does not disappoint. Over the course of 12 short songs, The Low Anthem are able to reveal new mature work that exudes newfound confidence. The album was birthed following traumatic events out of the studio (a tour van crash), It is clear that this has allowed the band to explore more fragile and honest themes. Indeed, as a personal metaphor, the album’s title itself refers to a tale of self-discovery too.
The album’s stand out opener ‘Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird’ and the epic closing track ‘Final Transmission from the Diving Umbrella’ reflect an album that is essentially acoustic in form, but not afraid to delve into electronic sounds too.
In terms of delicacy, even beauty, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea contains hints of Sufjan Stevens and Lambchop, but the band’s harmonic voices and subtle electronic vibes take this album further. The Low Anthem’s work is as immersive as it is clever. As a concept album, it is consuming and confident. Self-discovery indeed.
1. Bone of Sailor Bone of Bird
2. River Brine
3. Give My Body Back
4. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls
5. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song
6. Toowee Toowee
7. Coral Crescent
9. Cy Twombly By Campfire
11. To Get Over Only One Side
12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella
Released: February 2018
Cat: JNR255 / Joyful Noise