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Lichens was the single improv task of Chicago composer Robert Lowe, previously referred to as the bassist with artwork rock and roll combo 90 Day time Men. Something from the Kansas Town area, Lowe authorized on with 90 Time Guys in 1996, before their relocation from St. Louis to Chicago; when the group continued hiatus carrying out a Western european tour helping its 2004 disk Panda Recreation area, Lowe channeled his energies into his long-simmering single pursuits, showing up as Lichens at that summer’s Arthur magazine-sponsored Mil Tongues Celebration and self-releasing a limited-edition CD-R, R. Dark brown. Looping wordless vocals and avant-folk fingerpicking to make otherworldly bed sheets of deep-listening drone, Lowe shortly captivated the interest of Kranky Information co-owner Bruce Adams, and in the fall of 2005 the label released Lichens’ public debut, The Psychic Character of Being.

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