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The Low Countries


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The Low Countries are Nigel Parrington and Els D’hooge. Their third album, ‘a brown cafe at 3am’ has been nominated for a ‘best contemporary folk’ Grammy. It contains 12 late night vibe songs about friendship; Boris Karloff’s monster; the best music cafe that ever existed; absent friends; winos; aching desire in the modern world; absinthe and death. A late night classic to guide your weary soul into the early hours of the new morning; it’s new wave indie folk at its best.

The Low Countires signed to Nub Country Records in 2007 and released their debut album ‘hypericum perforatum, in the same year, to critical yesness. ‘Indie folk at its best’ to quote but one review (Folk Radio UK).
In 2008, inspired by a love of The Wicker Man, Nigel wrote a concept album. This was to be a soundtrack to an imaginary prequel to The Wicker Man. ‘the failing of the strains’ garnered even stronger reviews and is already a cult classic.

“For a band that quotes fermented hops as their first influence can’t be bad in my books…this one, The Low Countries, just keeps growing on me. Indie folk at it’s best with a home-grown realism about it…I love it and yes I do recommend drinking fermented hops when you have a listen…just to get you into the mood! There are a lot of influences quoted in reviews I’ve read but there’s no need, they have their own sound and can stand on their own, that’s unique these days. We will be hearing more of them, I’m sure of it”


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