11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s hard to believe that a band as seemingly simple as Low continues to evolve a quarter century into their career, but here we are. Their second album with Bon Iver producer B.J. Burton, Double Negative takes the band’s basic sound (slow, spare, but taut with drama) and fills the space between notes with ambient rumbling, often turning the music into a kind of palimpsest—a beautiful song hidden inside crumbling sound. If anything, what makes the album so unsettling isn’t its sense of silence, but of continuous noise, so subtle you might mistake it for a distant train or footfalls in the hall. Still, the anchor is the writing and interplay of Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk, whose best songs—Parker’s “Fly,” Sparhawk’s “Dancing and Blood”—explore the human condition with a frailty and sense of low-grade horror that has always set them apart.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s hard to believe that a band as seemingly simple as Low continues to evolve a quarter century into their career, but here we are. Their second album with Bon Iver producer B.J. Burton, Double Negative takes the band’s basic sound (slow, spare, but taut with drama) and fills the space between notes with ambient rumbling, often turning the music into a kind of palimpsest—a beautiful song hidden inside crumbling sound. If anything, what makes the album so unsettling isn’t its sense of silence, but of continuous noise, so subtle you might mistake it for a distant train or footfalls in the hall. Still, the anchor is the writing and interplay of Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk, whose best songs—Parker’s “Fly,” Sparhawk’s “Dancing and Blood”—explore the human condition with a frailty and sense of low-grade horror that has always set them apart.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
21 Ratings
21 Ratings
Rsharp83 ,

Beautiful noises

Take a little phrase and harmony, completely drench it in layer after layer of synths, distort it, then smash it with a hammer and sort of put it back together. But don’t reassemble it exactly as it should sound, leave plenty of glitches. It’s mesmerizing if you give it a chance. This is NOT a recommendation for the casual music fan, this is a deep dive kind of album. My wife came in while I was listening to it. I think her comment was something to the effect of “Sounds like noise”. Which is kind of accurate.

Bryanben ,

benbuy

sounds like feedback,, makes you think you have a bad connection

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