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Lowland Hum returns to its roots on fourth album, ‘Thin,’ set for release Feb. 10, 2017

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It’s safe to say that in the cacophony that has been this political season, we are all looking for some peace.

“It’s such a noisy time in history, people want something quieter,” says Daniel Goans, one half of the duo that makes up Lowland Hum.

Indeed. And one need look no further than this husband-wife team, who just finished up their fourth album, “Thin,” which is due out Feb. 10, 2017.

The other half, and some may refer to her as his better half, Lauren Goans says that when it came time to record “Thin,” they wanted to get back to their roots. “When we started doing music together, it was just the two of us,” she says.

As the couple’s sound palate grew, so did the band. They hired musicians to go on the road. “In the end, we realized we wanted to be more true to who we are, just the two of us,” Lauren continues. “I feel like it’s a coming back to the beginning, but we are different people now.”

Daniel adds, “This album incorporates some of what we did in larger musical settings but distills it down. We make a quiet kind of music.”

And fans are in for a treat because they can watch the making of “Thin” in this exclusive video release right here, right now.

From the outset, this duo, who are originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, has written, arranged and produced their own music.

The Goans now call Charlottesville, Virginia, home and that’s where they recorded “Thin” in a friend’s attic and filmed the video in the couple’s apartment.

“Part of the vision for the video, and really for what we do in general, is we are trying to combine a voice out of two perspectives,” Lauren explains. “We wanted to give a picture of what our life was like.”

For example, the tea that plays a starring role in the video “was a big part of our life,” while they were recording, Lauren adds.

The audio from the video, which was produced by Pando Creative Co., was recorded in the place where the couple recorded “Thin,” Daniel explains.

“We set up a microphone and she asked me questions and then I asked her questions,” he says, adding that they try to be individuals and not diminish each other but the combination creates the whole that is Lowland Hum, which is also reflected in the duo’s name.

Lauren says, “Picking a name for yourself is weird. You want it to be of the same spirit. Then one morning I saw the two words, Lowland and Hum, together in my mind. I am a visual person. A lot of what we write about his hard to pin down. Things connecting, threads buzzing with electricity connecting things. The name alluded to it. It’s much more mysterious, kind of like songwriting. A lot coming from outside the creative process is mysterious. I think it came from beyond us.”

The paired formed as a musical duo in 2012, not long after they were wed, and have released an album each year since. You may have had a chance to catch them at such festivals as Phuzz Phest in Winston-Salem or Scythian’s Appaloosa Roots Music Fest in Front Royal, Virginia, but their big break came when they caught the attention of NPR’s Bob Bolin, whose team produces the now famous “Tiny Desk” concert series.

“That gave us legitimacy,” Daniel says. “Nothing else has had that kind of effect.”

Watch Lowland Hum’s Tiny Desk concert here.

But what really makes these two click is making music — together. “I wake up every day and say, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. We really do just love it. I think we feel the most that we are where we are supposed to be when we are creating something together.”

Lauren adds, “This is what we’re best at.”

You can listen for yourself live when Lowland Hum opens for Josh Ritter in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 2 and in Richmond, Virginia, on Dec. 3 and with Mountain Chaser in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 9. The duo embarks on headlining dates during the first part of 2017 to support the release of “Thin,” according to their publicist.

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