Lowlands Seattle "The Valley Below" is an expression of self doubt. It wrestles with the undying questions of worth, meaning, nostalgia, betrayal, love, and crisis of identity. It is the (soon to be) sophomore release from Lowlands. Working with the same lineup for 2+ years, the band has been able to refine the already impressive sound they had developed. As has always been the case, the core value of Lowlands' music is telling a story through every instrument. With every note and beat of the drum a bright and vivid picture is painted. It is in this space where you will find Lowlands true quality and outstanding musicianship. Boasting a style and voice that is unique to the Seattle music community, Lowlands' powerful and nuanced sound is reminiscent of indie rock bands like The Decemberists and Wilco. Stylistically, Lowlands has been pushing away from the organic sounds of folk and venturing into the realm of indie rock. The end goal for the band is to create music that feels both familiar and unique; music that will take you in like a warm blanket, but feel slightly scratchy and uncomfortable at times. This carefully crafted music gives depth to the story-driven lyrical journey found throughout the record. The band works very collaboratively to achieve this vision. Frontman Tom Rorem provides the skeleton core of each song. From here, band members Ben Jahn (bass), William Mapp (drums), Alex Huth (keyboards), and Steve Miller (lead guitar) give flesh to the musical vision. This process, which is slow by nature, gives space for the songs to grow naturally over time. Full of depth and color, each song created by this band is a beautiful gem that longs to be cherished. Since releasing "The Whale" in 2015, Lowlands has spent the past two years playing the local Seattle scene. "The Valley Below" is the culmination of tireless work both on and off the stage. Opening for bands like Carbon Leaf, Motopony, and The Autumn Defense, Lowlands has been building a small but devoted fan base.