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Release Name: The_Lowest_Pair-The_Perfect_Plan-(DEL001)-PROMO-CD-FLAC-2020-MUNDANE
Artist: The Lowest Pair
Album: The Perfect Plan
Genre: Folk
Year: 2020
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:45:33
Size: 266.31 MB

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are two kindred spirits who first met on the banks of the Mississippi while touring the Midwest festival circuit. Born and raised in Arkansas, Winter found herself drawn to the evergreens and damp air of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the boundless music scene of Olympia, Washington. She released three solo records on Olympia-based indie label, K Records, and performed in ramblin’ folk bands and anarchic punk bands before serendipitously meeting Palmer T. Lee in 2013. Lee had built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he inherited and began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands before convincing Winter that they should form a banjo duo. Now, as The Lowest Pair, they have recorded and released five albums together, relentlessly toured North America, and ventured to the UK twice, playing over 500 live shows over the past five years.

After each releasing solo albums via Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records in 2018, Winter and Lee began working on The Lowest Pair’s forthcoming 10-song set, The Perfect Plan. As a songwriting team, the duo tends to see artistic sparks all around them — in poems, people, ideas, experiences — and throughout the process of writing these new songs, they felt the need to push their creative limits. They turned to producer Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes who took them to ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, and set them in a soundscape backed by a slate of session players that lifts the album from simple folk into spirited Americana and beyond. Clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar still hold the heart of The Lowest Pair, but the fleshed-out sound of The Perfect Plan leans gently into Winter’s punk past, as well as the sonic playground of her mind, to set the band down a new path on their musical journey.

“I sometimes feel like my creative interests are too varied to make sense together,” shares Winter. “One second I’m trying to learn how to use a digital synthesizer to make drum beats and the next second I’m scratching away at some ol’ fiddle tunes and all the time I should be practicing banjo, but then I’m making a screamy electric guitar song in my head…It was a whole new creative journey, and super exciting and fun, for us to open up the songs to Mogis’ beautiful production aesthetics.”

The album acts as a journey for the listener as well as it “takes you on a ride through idealism and reality while trying to merge the plains of truths,” Winter explains. “Hearts have so many narratives and coping mechanisms, and stories change over time. I think the record reflects the shifts of a story.”

The sparse tenderness of “How Far I Would Go” starts that story with a promise to reach for the way we all want to love and be loved, even if that means letting go, inspired lightly by the Tom Robbins novel Jitterbug Perfume. Other highlights include the driving jangle of “Too Late Babe,” the gentle pause of “Cast Away,” the building burn of “Morning Light,” and the swirling pulse of “Wild Animals” as it begs the breath to pull the seeker through the ecstasy, intimacy, desire, and loss that make up a life.

For the latter, Winter took cues from Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz. “I think, at the time, I felt very much like I’d done a lot of the exploring in different directions and, instead of keeping all options open, I wanted to choose a few and go deeper into them, commit to them,” she says. “But, with that, comes giving up the ‘all possibilities,’ and that felt/still feels a bit like a tug of war.”

Ahead of the record’s release, Winter and Lee each took some time for outward and inner exploration in order to refuel the creative energy put into The Perfect Plan. Winter headed to the South Pole to work in a scientific research station, an opportunity she hadn’t sought out but couldn’t pass up. “It’s very different than living the musician’s life of road doggin’ and performing all the time,” she says. “It was the first time in a while I’ve held still, and met and made friends with a group of people that wasn’t based around music. The small community really is incredible, people from all over the world with different reasons they’ve ended up here. This place, the bottom of the world, will definitely leave its marks on me.” And Winter has left her footprint on Antarctica as well, winning the Annual South Pole Marathon in -36 degrees, at a pressure altitude of 10,300 feet, and setting a new record time in the competition for women.

As Winter headed south, Lee went north to a small, wooded cabin in the Driftless hills of Wisconsin [for a writer’s residency] where his lessons in presence involved lots of wood chopping and water carrying. “My objective wasn’t necessarily a list of goals or things I wanted to create, but to learn to observe my process — the way I live and how it lines up against the way I want to live — to learn more about the way I construct a day and could construct a day,” he confesses. “I would storm up and attempt to execute these, sort of, experiments on myself. I would consciously manipulate my time, my mind, my focus, my crafts, and projects to learn more about how I am affected by things both inside and outside of me, what gets me stuck and how to unstick myself.”

Whether together in the studio or thousands of miles apart, Winter and Lee are two sides of the same coin whose experiences define and support each other. And The Lowest Pair harnesses and harmonizes that wisdom in The Perfect Plan as a way of distilling the magic of their partnership into a singular tangible experience that speaks to audiences across genres and through various artistic avenues.

“I love the stripped-down versions of these songs,” Winter admits. “I think they leave a lot to the imagination, and I trust people have enough juice to choose their own adventures in the space that the band fills out on the record. But we also can’t wait to tour with a full band and to see how that magic translates on stage. It felt really exciting in the studio, and the songs pack a much greater punch with the added instrumentation.”


  1. The Lowest Pair – How Far I Would Go – 5:13 (696 kbps , 25.95 MB)
  2. The Lowest Pair – Too Late Babe – 4:49 (897 kbps , 30.93 MB)
  3. The Lowest Pair – Wild Animals – 4:34 (855 kbps , 27.94 MB)
  4. The Lowest Pair – Shot Down The Sky – 5:43 (841 kbps , 34.4 MB)
  5. The Lowest Pair – Cast Away – 2:25 (742 kbps , 12.85 MB)
  6. The Lowest Pair – Morning Light – 4:43 (839 kbps , 28.33 MB)
  7. The Lowest Pair – We Are Bleeding – 4:59 (812 kbps , 28.97 MB)
  8. The Lowest Pair – Enemy Of Ease – 3:49 (857 kbps , 23.4 MB)
  9. The Lowest Pair – Take What You Can Get – 4:12 (807 kbps , 24.25 MB)
  10. The Lowest Pair – The Perfect Plan – 5:09 (794 kbps , 29.3 MB)

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