Low Ceilings is an indie-folk project currently based in Windsor, CT. While the group has taken many forms over the years, its core has always been Ben Mueller, who writes the songs; produces, records, and mixes the albums; and handles guitar and vocals live.
Low Ceilings’ music tactfully straddles the line between lush arrangements and intimate, basementy lo-fi in a way that only a college career in the Boston DIY scene could make possible. While attending Emerson College, Mueller, a Connecticut native, started the group with some friends and released an EP and two full-lengths as a full band. Through countless shows in Boston living rooms, basements, bars, and venues, the band developed a distinctive brand of folk-rock with a progressive tilt. Digital Wheat Paste’s TJ Foster called their self-titled LP a “tremendously impressive record…songs that somehow sound intimately lo-fi and carefully polished all at the same time.”
After finishing school and moving back to Windsor, Low Ceilings became a Mueller solo project. 2018’s Least Favored Painting was the first release to follow the change. And change was good: the release allowed Mueller a foothold in the new-to-him Connecticut scene and received praise from local publications like CT Scramble and the Hartford Courant.
Mueller continued to perform solo while working on 2020’s Learn to Sew, on which he explores increasingly electric instrumentation and personal-yet-relatable narratives filled with love, loss, and happenstance. To play the record live, Mueller recruited Christian Loftus, a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher he met through shows at Manchester’s Silk City Coffee; Kekeli Afantchao, a high school friend and former bandmate; and Marissa Greene, his longtime partner. The newly-formed band was playing shows around the state when COVID-19 hit and forced everyone inside for a while. Mueller returned to working on new music, which is due out late 2020 or early 2021.