'indie-folk at its best...' Folk Radio UK
'They make literate, clever music that makes Belle and Sebastian look like a bunch of thugs' Popshifter
‘this is indie-folk music from the heart and I say give it a go’ Johnno Casson, Fresh On The Net
The Low Countries, until 2013 an indie-folk duo, are now resurrected as a five piece band. They're currently recording a 6-track EP (out early 2016) and release a spanking new single 'Sun Street (2015)' on the 26th of September 2015. A kind of comeback for Nigel and his songs, assisted by a band of great musicians, people and friends.
The band came together to help Nigel and Els perform at the launch of their final album 'The Invisible Ray' (2013). This proved to be so enjoyable they found they couldn't stop. Nigel, feeling 'songed out' and a bit mental at the time, was then persuaded by the rest of the band to enter the studio and record six of the best. A last hurrah that sounds amazing...
Nigel and Els formed the Low Countries in 2007 and they've released 8 or so albums and other sundry songs, often to immense (is that the right word?) critical acclaim - BBC6 Music airplay, BBC Radio sessions, great reviews (see below).
Nigel’s songs have been played on BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Lancashire, Unpeeled.net, Folk Radio UK, Dandelion Radio, Studio Brussels, Radio Centraal and many others.
A lovely piano-led ballad. Gentle, effective and by far the best Anglo-Flemish duo of the week – also included in my personal Top 5. I don’t normally go for piano-led slow burners like this but it felt real, it felt heartfelt and it felt good. I really like the way the song builds: they put me in mind of Ron Sexsmith who is rather brilliant. This is indie folk music from the heart and I say “give it a go.” ’ BBC Radio 6 Fresh On The Net 2012 (‘at the end of the day’)
'They're witty, they're psychedelic, they're individual, they're self-depreciating at times, and they write some very good songs...The Invisible Ray' will most likely become a lost treasure. We just hope that in a few years it's uncovered and given the respect it deserves'
The Sound Of Confusion
'I'm...struggling to see how they've not found greater recognition for past works and could 'The Invisible Ray' be a seminal album?' Ralph's Life
'Parrington's son has apparently predicted that his dad's songs will be famous after he dies. Pennyblackmusic readers would be advised not to wait that long' Pennyblack Music (The Greatest Bits)
’...funny, sad, well crafted and wise, more of a hymn to low wits and high values.’ unpeeled.net (‘carry on christmas’)
‘captivating to a fault’ Folk and Roots
‘indie-folk at its best, I love it’ Folk Radio UK
’english psyche pop folk masterpiece - syd barrett meets nick drake with glorious beatles harmonies and northern wit - album of the year’ MBop Magazine
’..The Low Countries: splendid melancholia which sounds like a North Country version of Golden Smog or Josh Rouse. Nigel Parrington is definitely onto something’ Howard Byrom, The Lancaster Guardian 4 05 07
’Really tasty stuff - a little beauty!!’ Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk
‘Beautiful South meets Richard Thompson…really fine mellow tunes’ Fresh Air FM
’shades of Ryan Adams…Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris…elsewhere Tell Her could be lifted from the Beatles’ back catalogue…’ www.folking.com
’warm acoustic-based americana-infused blend of classic songwriting. Melodies, harmonies, middle-eights and banjo combine to soothe your weary heads’ Opposite of Robot Promotions
the low countries’s tracks