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Chicago, United States (2004 – present)

Lichens is the solo project of composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Robert A.A. Lowe based in Chicago, USA.
Previously known as the bassist with combo 90 Day Men, Lowe channelled his energies into long-simmering solo pursuits after the group went on hiatus following a European tour supporting it’s 2004 disc Panda Park. He have appeared as Lichens at that summer’s Arthur magazine-sponsored Million Tongues Festival, performing as a one-man show and utilizing effects boxes to the fullest by looping guitars, percussion, and vocals into a reverberated drone on-stage, and self-released a limited-edition CD-R, R. Brown. Looping wordless vocals and finger-picking to create otherworldly sheets of deep-listening , Lowe soon captivated the attention of Kranky Records co-owner Bruce Adams, and in the autumn of 2005 the label released Lichens’ official debut, The Psychic Nature of Being.
In 2007 Omns followed, along with a few split LPs with Lexie Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, and White. During same year, Lowe joined the unconventional group Singer with members of U.S. Maple, Bird Show, and his old pal Ben Vida from Town and Country. The band released Unhistories in March of 2008 on Drag City.
In 2008, Lichens toured extensively opening for band Explosions in the Sky, gaining an increasing fan base and playing at their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival.
During 2009 he self-released three CD-R albums: Spegulo En Fazo, and Tanith. Around this time, Lichens also joined / band Om as an additional musician and performed with them both on stage and during recording sessions in the studio.

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