AOTY 2018

The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depths of the Sea

The Low Anthem - The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depths of the Sea
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #229 / 706
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
February 23, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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This is the most consistent album to date by a band whose flashes of brilliance hitherto seemed often dissolved in their encumbering desire to set down a surfeit of ideas on each record. Here, their creative energies are reconciled just as the salt doll is reconciled with the sea.
The Independent

It’s a satisfying response to Eyeland, shifting from that album’s lofty cosmic speculations to more earthly, though equally philosophical, musings: from sky to sea, from extrovert to introvert, from vast to tiny.

The Line of Best Fit
The complexities are fewer, but the band has resisted the temptation to recycle older tropes while it nevertheless still conveys a sense of a debt to tradition that has been a consistent feature over the years. It’s an admirable essay in re-invention, brought about by necessity certainly, but no less successful for all that.

The Low Anthem have realised that people are tired of shouting at each other. Sometimes you have to struggle to hear a quiet voice. You have to really listen. Sometimes, it’s worth the effort.

Northern Transmissions
As rooted as this latest release by The Low Anthem is, it’s how the band tap into a sense of the unknown that really makes it stand out.

The Low Anthem have explored this minimalist, moving stylistic space before, but never so relentlessly and affectingly. Almost completely stripped of virtuosity, The Salt Doll may alienate certain traditional roots fans but has the potential to bewitch musers and wanderers.

Nice enough album but lacks substance and tails off - still nice for a late night listen tho - opening 3/4 tracks are fab tho,
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Track List

  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
  8. Dotwav
  9. Cy Twombly by Campfire
  10. Gondwanaland
  11. To Get Over Only One Side
  12. Final Transmission from the Diving Um
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Added on: February 2, 2018