As their buzz continued to build, the Low Anthem signed a contract with Nonesuch Recordings
and reissued Oh My God in 2009, supporting the release with a string of performances at summer festivals. Multi-instrumentalist Mat Davidson (Twain
) was added to the lineup later that year, joining their ranks one month before the Low Anthem headed to Central Falls, Rhode Island, to record a third LP. Setting up a makeshift studio inside an abandoned pasta sauce factory, the group recorded Smart Flesh over a period of three months, making good use of the building's cavernous, resonant spaces. The album was released in February 2011 via Bella Union
and cracked the Billboard 200. Davidson then parted ways with the group, and the following year saw the band provide the soundtrack for the American film Arcadia.
In 2013 they decamped, in true Low Anthem fashion, to an abandoned opera house to begin work on their follow-up to Smart Flesh. With Adams leaving the group in the interim to pursue her own project, Arc Iris
, the resulting Eyeland was issued by Washington Square Music
in 2016. An ambitious, narrative-driven conceptual piece, it combined folk, psychedelic rock, and experimental elements. While on tour in support of the album, the group had another redefining moment when a van accident resulted in injuries and the destruction of many instruments. Miller, who escaped serious injury, spent the next two weeks using equipment in his bedroom to demo what would become the Low Anthem's fifth studio album. A quieter, more poignant concept album inspired by a Buddhist fable, the final version of The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea was recorded after Prystowsky recovered from his injuries. It arrived via Joyful Noise
in early 2018. ~ Andrew Leahey & Marcy Donelson, Rovi