First Listen: Low, 'Double Negative'
it's left me completely speechless so far. On the one hand it's awful with the distortion, especially on the vocals. To me it's a sacrilege to mess with Mimi's vocals. And I hate the R&B triphop Aphex Twin whatever fake drums.
But goddamn it's so good!
My First Concert: Alan Sparhawk of Low
"The opening band was so disturbing that no one wanted to stand close to them."
Hey now, they’re trying something different. More adventurous than what a lot of their peers are doing... if they’re doing anything anymore.
It’s going to take a while to unpack this one, but yeah, it’s amazing for sure. I was not expecting to be surprised by a band I’ve been listening to for so long. There’s something to be said for a willingness to do something drastically different, and that’s what this is.
I don’t listen to any artist to hear them make the same sounds every few years. If they do, I usually stop paying close attention. For me, this is super welcome.
Alan Sparhawk collaborates with vocals on a song from Timbre Ghost's new album, "Life, Death, & Disintegration":
New video for "Poor Sucker":
...And, Alan loves American Football:
The Tour starts TONIGHT in St. Paul
You can Stream tonight’s performance LIVE.
Beautiful, thanks for the link.
From Under The Radar:
So far, Double Negative has been chosen album of the year by Uncut, musicOMH, Resident and Truck Music Store. It's also made #10 on The Wire, #18 on BBC Radio 6's, #9 on Deluxe/The Drift Record Shop, #10 on Exclaim!, #3 on Fopp, #8 on Gaffa (Denmark), #2 on Gaffa (Sweden), #2 on OOR, #9 on Paste, #8 on The Quietus, #8 on Stereogum, and #2 on Vulture.
Now, since Anna Calvi's Hunter only features on a grand total of ONE of the lists listed (heh) above, none of this means jack. :mad: :D
Slowcore pioneers Low first introduced electronics to their moody, minimal instrumental palette cautiously, on 2015’s Ones and Sixes; the change, partially brought about by working with producer BJ Burton, helped revitalize both their sound and creativity. On Double Negative (also recorded with Burton), those electronics become a key component, truly directing the album—warping vocals (opener “Quorum” feels like a constantly-interrupted transmission), incorporating rhythmic noise (“Dancing and Blood”), adding a glacial effect to guitars (“Poor Sucker”). It took the group nearly two years of trial and error to craft. This is all true, but it doesn’t capture what a terrifying, majestic, heavy gut-punch of an album Double Negative is, how emotionally affecting it is, how it feels like an ice cave one crawls into to find solace from worse weather and to escape potential predators. A stunning album, one that reveals new depths with every play.
One of the best albums of the year.
there's this old concert recording on YT, audio only. It's from 1998 in Belgium, don't think it's on Archive.org, and probably never will. So here it is:
Low (US) Maybe they are not liking the humans. Live cd-r. 17th May 1998 (Remastered)
in case there's anyone wanting to hear more of Low and don't know where to start? This might be of help:
Celebrate the Catalog: The complete Low discography
they rate every full-length Low album, the scores are all super high though.
Not included HOW COULD THEY the best album for these time of year:
the Christmas EP!
Speaking of (and please forgive my ignorance), which '98 concert is the one where members of GY!BE joined Low to perform "Do You Know How To Waltz?"? I gotta have it. NOW. :)
until now a lossless version of that song has never been shared, let alone the full set of Low. The GYBE set has been shared however: https://archive.org/details/gybe1998-10-10
the only recording that does exist is the one that has ben floating around the interwebs for years in awful lossy quality, such as on youtube:
Godspeed You Black Emperor with LOW - Do You Know How to Waltz ?! LIVE [HD]
Here's Low's touring schedule for the first 6 months of the next year, copied from their site. They'll be playing the beautiful open air theatre Rivierenhof on 4th of July, which is where I saw them for the very first time when they played the Things We Lost In The Fire album in full, in July 2006
Uebel & Gefährlich
Santa Fe, NM
Marty's On Newport
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Star Theater Portland
Treefort Music Fest
Velour Live Music Gallery Llc
The Hague, Netherlands
Le 106 Club
Auditorium Parco della Musica - Sala Sinopoli
Down The Rabbit Hole
Awful lossy quality it is, then. Thanks for the links, _tunic_.
I've spent the last 3 hours with this. It's epic and sparse at the same time. It's a thing of beauty.
For years I've observed Low threads here, and how they grow and grow, while I thought "meh...whatever". But now I see the light. (Or is it the dark?)
Bitches, review this album! (I will try to do the same when my thoughts are more coherent.)
This video is fucking great, and the first 3 tracks work wonderfully together: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jvEozu4Obfs#
PS: Fuck Trump.
Review: Sounds like Massive Attack with the volume turned up too loud.
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