Oakland’s Callow to release ‘Mothdust,’ haunt Bottom of the Hill

For almost a decade, Callow has been perfecting their palette of foreboding, spectral tunes that seem to emanate from somewhere in the darkest heart of the woods. Like Castanets, Fletcher Tucker, Six Organs of Admittance, and other artists of this ilk, they’ve carved out an idiosyncratic space—sometimes pigeonholed as “freak folk”—that conjures a certain kind of sylvan mysticism. Their work is like a subterranean dimension that exists beneath familiar mainstreamed neo-folk: atmospheric lamentations of woe cut with wistfulness. Oakland may be a little distant from the black, mountainous treescapes their music evokes, but Sammy Knowles and Red Moses haven’t lost [...]

By |June 22, 2018|Tags: |

Doom folk duo Callow release new single, “Go Down”

Since 2009, Red Moses and Sami Knowles have paired their talents in Callow, their Oakland-based doom folk project. Callow is set to release a new single on May 26. Entitled “Go Down,” it’s a slow-burning track that doesn’t stray from the band’s signature plaintive lyrics and foreboding atmosphere. Channeling the dark energies of the deep forest, their gorgeous harmonies intertwine with raw guitar and psychedelic keys. Moses has the practiced nasal drawl of a country singer, which beautifully complements Knowles’s plaintive and ethereal voice. Callow’s dirge-like stylings are on full display on “Go Down.” Moses’ guitar is as gritty and gloom-drenched [...]

By |May 18, 2017|Tags: |

Callow announce U.S. tour dates

San Francisco’s “ghost western” duo Callow have announced U.S. tour dates for Spring 2014. Officially begun back at SXSW this year (which came hot on the heels of the end of a different tour), the rest of the band's 2014 spring tour starts in Sacramento on Thursday. The band will make a few more out-of-the-way NorCal stops before moving onto the rest of the country, including stops in Canada and a lot of Midwest cities with fun-to-say names (Lenexa, Witchita, Sheboygan). Check out the sludgy, thick-as-pitch “Black” below. View the full tour schedule at their website. https://soundcloud.com/callowtheband/black

By |April 4, 2014|Tags: |
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