Lowland Hum & Anna Tivel
It’s 5:15 in the morning in an historic apartment building in downtown Charlottesville called The Pink Warehouse. Lauren and Daniel Goans, who you will know as the married, world-traveling, singer/songwriting folk duo Lowland Hum, are making their fourth full-length record, Glyphonic, in their studio apartment on the top floor.
On top of a bookshelf above the window, there’s a plastic bin collecting black water that drips through a crack in the roof. The reason the Goanses are awake so early is to track guitars for their new album before the rest of Charlottesville rises. They’ll continue to track throughout the day, taking breaks only by force of noise intrusions: construction, trucks, and the quaking of the entire building as trains pass on the tracks within an arm’s reach of the back stoop. These early morning hours will prove dramatically aluable for the quiet they afford. As the world has continued to grow louder around them, Lowland Hum have spent their career refining the particular power of their self-imposed restraint.
Glyphonic is the purest distillation of this thesis to date, setting about the difficult work of finding stillness and meaning in the midst of chaos: a collection of quietudes created and savored among all this present noisiness. Glyphonic is Lowland Hum’s fourth full-length record of original material following 2017’s Thin. The band has spent the last two years on the road in both the US and Europe with the likes of Josh Ritter, Penny and Sparrow, and The Oh Hellos. Over an expansive career they’ve earned critical praise from NPR, Paste, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, The Washington Post and more. 2019 will bring a headlining tour in support of the new album.
Anna Tivel is a Northwest-based, internationally touring songwriter who is forever drawn to the quiet stories of ordinary life. The characters and imagery that populate her writing are full of breath and vivid color. With four full-length albums out, Anna has been likened to a short story writer and praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and others for her keen observations of the human condition.
Anna’s most recent album, The Question, was called ‘one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019’ by NPR. She was selected as the winner of both the Telluride Troubadour songwriting award and the Kerrville New Folk award. Most recently she was presented with the ASCAP Foundation’s Sammy Cahn Award, which recognizes promising or aspiring lyricists. She was also selected as the No Depression Singer-Songwriter of the Year and The Question was #1 on Paste Magazine’s Ten Essential Folk (and Folk-Adjacent) Albums of the Year.