The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh

The human condition set to music
The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
Recorded in a disused factory with microphones dotted across the floor space, the sound of ‘Smart Flesh’ is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Listen carefully to ‘Golden Cattle’ and it’s quite clear that lead vocalist Ben Knox Miller’s affecting performance is being picked up from afar; emptiness never sounded so good.

The sonic experimentation shouldn’t detract from the raw tales of love and loss that make up the lyrics and ‘I’ll Take Out Your Ashes’ is as lip-tremblingly emotive as its title suggests. Joyous, pensive, cathartic and hymnal in equal measure, this is the human condition set to music.

9/10

Words by Gareth James


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