The Oh Hellos / Lowland Hum at Union Transfer
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The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos began in a cluttered bedroom, where siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath (born and raised in southern Texas) recorded their self-titled EP in 2011. In the fall of 2012, the duo released their debut full-length record Through the Deep, Dark Valley, an album full of regret and redemption, which they wrote, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered themselves.
When the time came in early 2013 to bring the music to the stage, the Heaths reached out to friends both new and old and gathered together an ensemble of touring musicians the size of a circus, tumblers and all.
Their 2015 full-length album, Dear Wormwood—a collection of songs inspired in part by C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, mythology, folklore, and apocalyptic literature—tells the story of a protagonist trapped in an abusive relationship through a series of letters written to the antagonist. It is at times delicate, intimate, affectionate; and at others, soaring and towering and joyfully explosive.
Notos, the first installment in an ongoing series, is named for the ancient Greco-Roman god of the south wind, who brought storms in the summer. Musically, the record draws from the siblings' memories of summers spent exploring the Pacific Northwest with their grandparents, as well as their experiences with the frequent threat of hurricanes as they grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast. Thematically, the series considers the question: «where did our ideas come from?» Notos recounts a time when the duo weren't even aware there was a question to ask, and reflects on the backfire effect we experience when confronted with new information for the first time.
Their influences range from Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens to The Middle East and the Muppets, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock.
Shortly after they were wed in 2012, Lauren and Daniel quit their odd jobs and decided to try doing music full time. They devoted their days to singing Daniel’s songs for as many groups of people in as many places as possible. They wrote new songs too, and Lauren stepped into the songwriting process for the first time as Daniel left space for her to discover more of her voice as a writer. They were constantly dreaming up additional ways to combine their creative strengths. An illuminated installation and hand-bound lyric books made their way into the duo’s live performances, incorporating Lauren’s background in visual art. Out of these early collaborations Lowland Hum was born and before the end of their first year of marriage, their debut album, Native Air, was underway.
While recording in the basement of Daniel’s childhood home, Native Air became symbolic to the two of their integration as a couple. Many of the songs explore concepts of identity and were written in a season when Daniel and Lauren were sorting out daily what it looked like to join two lives and two creative minds together. It was a year of discovering how to continue to grow as individuals while maintaining unity. The album was released in the fall of 2013 and to the duo’s surprise and delight, Native Air was met with overwhelming affirmation. Their work was praised for its sincere lyrics, sparse arrangements and haunting harmonies. They spent the tail end of that year and the bulk of 2014 touring relentlessly across the United States, carving out time for recording sessions in between tours. Their EP Four Sisters was released in the fall of 2014 with accompanying videos that Lauren made using public domain home movies.
Now in 2015, coming off the heels of Four Sisters, Lowland Hum is ready to share their sophomore full length release, a self titled collection of songs written during the fast-paced blur of the past year. Though the songs began with one acoustic guitar and two voices, many of them grew in size and scope while the band recorded them at a small studio outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Daniel and Lauren enlisted the help of good friends Edd Kerr, Joseph Dickey and Dan Faust (engineer, bassist and drummer, respectively) to allow the songs the kind of expansion they were hearing in their imaginations. Lowland Hum was released worldwide on April 14 2015. The record debuted as an NPR Music First Listen stream. Following the release of the new album, Lowland Hum hit the road, supported by a rhythm section for the first two months, touring all over the East Coast and Midwest and continuing as a duo for the rest of the year. At the end of 2015, Lowland Hum’s team expanded as they signed with San Diego-based indie label Randm Records and were added to the Concerted Efforts booking roster. The band continues to tour in the first half of 2016 while also writing for their next record.
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