Callow Announces Single, “Go Down”
The new single from folk-noir duo Callow races like a steady heartbeat diving deeper into the tissues of an emotional state. “Go Down” marches to a drum beat, crunchy guitar, and howling vocals blowing through the dusty atmosphere. It bubbles and builds into catharsis before slowly simmering toward a resolution. Mixed by Sammy Fielding (Noctooa, Ancient Owl), it is the second single off the upcoming album, Mothdust, out October 19.
The words let me go down echo throughout the song like a ritual offering in front of a wild flame. The heat rises and the wood crackles as sparks illuminate an endless evening sky. “Go Down” begs the question of self-examination through a vulnerable personal reflection. Dare you say where? Where you been? It’s often difficult to look so deeply within, but the cleaning light is a new step forward. You say how long? How long must this filthy outrage shove on? “Go Down” is aching, sinister, and arranged with a balance of dusk and dawn.
Largely inspired by the imbalance of wealth in society and the struggles of said routine, Mothdust is an album paradoxical in its sentiment taking cues from its namesake. A creature of the night that’s drawn to the light—the dust from a moth wing is little more than an unwelcome stain on the wall to most, yet important to the insect’s survival for a magnitude of reasons. Mothdust is intentionally imperfect, and through its creation, Callow have harnessed their anger and turned it into a visceral representation of those contradictions between the self and society. Sami Knowles explains, “Autumn, for many moths, is typically the time when one cycle is ending and another is beginning. It’s when the adult lays its eggs - hence, one generation of moths is ending and the next is beginning. For us, the creation of the album is at its end, and the beginning of its new life out in the world is beginning.”
Callow was formed by Red Moses and Sami Knowles in 2009. Their first album, Orb Weaver, was released in May of 2012 (NxNW Records). Blue Spells was released in 2013 (NxNW Records). The duo won “Best Song” in San Francisco’s Music Video Race (2013) and was nominated for The Deli’s “Best New Artist” (2011). They have performed with Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession/ Three Mile Pilot), Witch Mountain, and Karl Blau. The new album, Mothdust, is out this fall.