James Low Western Front releases first video for new LP

Come Feb. 21, Portland band the James Low Western Front releases a new album, “Whiskey Farmer.”

First, if we’d known whiskey farmer was a job, we never would have started with this writing bullshit. Second, holy crap, these guys are good.

Frontman James Low has vowed to make a video for each of the eight songs on the album, which he describes as the story of a guy who has “always done things kind of right — did OK in school, went to a generic college, racked up a shitload of debt and got a job to pay off the debt. He drinks to forget. He alienates the ones who love him best, and just cannot believe that this is all there is to life.”

Cheerful? Not so much. Beautifully wrought and desperately heartbreaking? Yes, and yes, thanks to Low’s steady voice on wearily resigned lyrics, over dusty, Western-style accompaniment from the rest of the band. “Thinkin’ California,” the fourth song, gets the first video, and it’s, well, it’s perfect.

‘Thinking California’ from James Low on Vimeo.

The first video

  1 comment for “James Low Western Front releases first video for new LP

  1. December 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    That is gorgeous. Thanks.

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