News: Drowse & Lula Asplund Release Cover Of Hey Chicago

Drowse & Lula Asplund have released a cover of Low’s “Hey Chicago.” It’s off of The Flenser & Friends tribute album to Low, Your Voice Is Not Enough. Drowse has also released a new book, Overcasts.

Order Overcasts here.
Find Drowse’s music here.

Your Voice Is Not Enough is a heartfelt tribute to Low; it was a project born out of a conversation with Planning For Burial’s Thom Wasluck and The Flenser. It was inspired by Low’s discography, and it’s nuanced beauty. It began as a discussion about ranking favorite albums that blossomed into a collaborative effort that brought together a close-knit group of Flenser artists and friends. Unfortunately, this all took place before the tragic passing of Mimi Parker.

The tribute features eight cover songs by Flenser artists and friends, including Cremation Lily, Holy Water, Midwife and Amulets, Allison Lorenzen, Kathryn Mohr, Planning for Burial, Have A Nice Life, and Drowse featuring Lula Asplund and more.

Drowse’s Kyle Bates on the project:

“Low’s music has had a profound effect on me during many stages of my life. Their final two records still sound decades ahead of our time and have been direct influences on my recent work as Drowse. I first heard Low, through their mini-album, ‘Songs for a Dead Pilot,’ which I picked up as a teenager due to its striking cover art. The music within reflects that desolate cover image, creating a cold atmosphere that I have been chasing ever since.

“’Hey Chicago’ is this short piece of beauty that comes at the end of the album as a balm for the preceding 33 minutes of sparse, sustained darkness. I thought it fitting to cover the song with Lula Asplund, a Chicago-based sound artist who I play in a duo with. Lula and I saw Low play in Chicago in early 2022, their final year as a band, and it was a performance I will never forget: rest in peace Mimi Parker, you live on in our memories.

“I was excited when Kyle asked me to contribute to this cover because I grew up listening to Low. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen was Low live in Chicago. I was very sad and shocked to hear of Mimi Parker’s passing … weird to realize that that concert in Chicago was the only time I’d ever hear those gorgeous voices together in a room.”

In addition to all of this, Drowse has released Overcasts which contains four short stories and an essay written by Bates between 2019 and 2023. The stories originate from the solitude and self-isolation. The reclusive, occasionally semi-autobiographical characters wander through movie theaters, lakesides, churches, and unfamiliar cities. The essay was initially written as a graduate thesis while Bates studied at the renowned Center for Comtemporary Music at Mills College.

Overcasts include the stories “Cloud Light Over Obsidian” and “Second Self” that were originally only available with limited editions of the Drowse records Wane into It and Light Mirror. 

Bates comments on Overcasts:

“I have been quietly writing the entire time I’ve been working with sound, finding ways to incorporate it into my more public work such as slipping short stories into Drowse LPs and blending narrative text into my installations and performances. Writing prose often feels more vulnerable than writing songs because I’m less able to hide behind layers of abstraction–Anyone who can read the language will read a sentence, assume they understand it, and assign meaning to it more freely than they would to a wall of distorted synthesizers. I feel proud to finally be collecting some of my writings in one place and making them publicly available. The essay in Overcasts will appeal to anyone interested in memory, experimental music, and/or self-recording, and the stories are dispatches from the same impressionistic world that I’ve been building through sound for all of these years.”

Your Voice Is Not Enough, track listing:

  1. Weight of Water (by Cremation Lily)
  2. Sunflower (by Holy Water)
  3. Do You Know How to Waltz (by Midwife and Amulets)
  4. Hey Chicago (by Drowse (feat. Lula Asplund))
  5. Cut (by Kathryn Mohr)
  6. Words (by Allison Lorenzen)
  7. Murderer (by Planning for Burial)
  8. When I Go Deaf (by Have a Nice Life)
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