Lichens (musician)

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Lichens is the moniker of artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, created for performance and recording solo and with collaborators.

Lowe was previously a member of 90 Day Men before beginning his solo project.[1] In live performances, Lichens is spontaneous music based around the voice and modular synthesizer patch pieces. In the past, Lowe would utilizing acoustic and electric guitars, and on some occasions, percussion. Lichens' first release was The Psychic Nature of Being, a three track album recorded as a one-time improvisation without overdubbing. In 2007, Lichens released Omns, which was intended to be a continuation of the The Psychic Nature of Being using slightly different techniques in recording and editing.[2] Since 2007 Lowe has been focused on live performance and the physicality of sound as well as many releases and collaborations.

In 2008, Lichens toured extensively opening for instrumental post-rock band Explosions in the Sky and played at their curated All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.

Lowe performed in the noise rock supergroup Singer, playing bass and providing vocals on two albums for Drag City with Todd Rittman and Adam Vida of U.S. Maple and Ben Vida of Town & Country.

He performed tambura and vocals for stoner/doom metal band Om on their albums God Is Good and Advaitic Songs, and also joined them on stage.[3] He contributed with vocals on the album Monument to Time End by black metal band Twilight.

Discography[edit]

  • R. Brown (self-released, 2004)
  • The Psychic Nature of Being (Kranky/Holy Mountain, 2005)
  • Restoration of Temperament/If You So Choose… Live ATL '06 (Split 12" EP with Lexie Mountain, HOSS Records, 2006)
  • Omns (Kranky, 2007)
  • "Escapism in a Comedic Forum" on The Great Koonaklaster Speaks: A John Fahey Celebration is a tribute CD to guitarist John Fahey (Table of the Elements, 2007)
  • White/Lichens - "S/T" (collaboration with White/Light on Holy Mountain, 2007)
  • Cloudland Canyon/Lichens - "Exterminating Angel" (collaboration with Cloudland Canyon on Holy Mountain, 2008)
  • Time & Light (self-released, 2008)
  • Tanith (self-released, 2008)
  • lítiȭ fólk (morc tapes, 2012)


As Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

• Gyromancy (collaboration with Rose Lazar on Thrill Jockey,2008)

• Fazo IV: La Kvalito de Speguloj (Rainbow Body, 2009)

• Eclipses (collaboration with Rose Lazar on Thrill Jockey, 2010)

• Terre Plate (Los Discos Enfantasmes, 2011)

• Timon Irnok Manta (Type, 2012)

With Singer

  • Unhistories (Drag City, 2008)
  • Mindreading (Drag City, 2011)

With Om

  • "God is Good" (Drag City, 2009)
  • "Advaitic Songs" (Drag City, 2012)


Filmography[edit]

Last Kind Words 2012*

  • Best Original Score Brooklyn Film Festival 2012

Miss Lovely 2012

Wolves from Another Kingdom 2012 (short)

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness 2013


References[edit]

  1. ^ Lichens at Allmusic
  2. ^ Lichens
  3. ^ "Om | Interview". August 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2013.