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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Konkurrent
  • ASIN: B00005AQAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LOW & DIRTY THREE In The Fishtank (2001 Dutch issue CD album - For the seventh release in their ever ongoing In The Fishtank project Konkurrent invited Low to record a session. Being familiar with the series and taking things a step further they extended the invitation to their friends Dirty Three to collaborate when they both played the multi-media festival Crossing Borders in Amsterdam. Whilst both bands were incredibly busy throughout the festival they kept their legendary cool and recorded faster than anyone could have guessed six basic songs. The combination of Lows open desolate sound and the melancholic yet folky violin of Dirty Threes Warren Ellis inspired Mimi to indulge in a more crooning way of singing and Alan to play some amazing banjo. Lows open minds and the way Dirty Three perfectly fit in makes this Fishtank the record you would expect from such wonderful bands)


It was a brilliant mind that schemed to bring Low and the Dirty Three together for In the Fishtank, a natural fusion of Low's woeful elegance and Dirty Three's delicate folk. Low are well practised in the art of using less to inspire more. Their minimal indie-rock melodies create sombre moods with sparse instruments. Every chord, staggered drum beat or note from front woman Mimi Parker's voice hangs in the air with the importance of a slow-motion raindrop falling to a parched earth. The Dirty Three are equally conservative with their skills, creating emotional flurries by simply dragging a bow across a violin or strumming a note from a guitar, sometimes building the two into a storm of sad beauty. As Parker croons like a country girl with a broken heart, these sombre lullabies stretch like lost rural highways across the post-rock landscape. Although it's a sonically quiet album, it's beautiful in its simplicity, saying so much in so many pregnant spaces. The final track, "Lordy" is definitely the standout though, sounding like an old gospel gem that builds intensity as the bands jam around the lyrics "Lordy, save my soul/from sinning/from myself". Overall, In the Fishtank is an inspired set of material that will make slow-core fans hope these greatly talented bands record together more often. --Jennifer Maerz

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By benlawson@hotmail.com on 9 Aug 2001
Format: Vinyl
With In The Fishtank dutch label KonKurrent invites bands to record a mini-albums worth of material in just 48 hours. When they asked slowcore unit Low to do this the band also brought in post-folk instrumentalists Dirty Three to add a new spin to the sound and the results are here, in six songs that evoke wide-open plains and desolate sunsets. The most interesting thing here is the interplay between the sparse dynamics of Dirty Three and Low's more claustrophobic miserabilism. This is seen to best effect in the albums 9-minute plus take on Neil Young's Down By The River, where the drones and space of the first five minutes erupt, with Mimi's voice brimming with soul and Alan Sparhawk and Mick Turner creating wonderful, weaving melodic lines on guitar. While some of the other tracks fail to ignite in quite the same way, if you enjoy either band you're bound to love the organ-filled splendour of When I Called Upon Your Seed or the gospel-folk of Lordy.
Well worth checking out, if not quite as good as either bands last album.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love Dirty Three and I must admit I can take or leave Low - they're nice enough but I find them a tad dull. But, just like with the Marvel comics' team-ups, it's the combinatin of each superhero's powers that saves the day. You do get scene's where Low are slaying evil in one song and it's cloberin' time from dirty three in another, and even when they're not playing together, you know they're being watched by the other band and are showing their best stuff. Together though,it's amazing, warren's violin complements the Low vocals perfectly but in the background is the controlled but at the same time tourettes - like druming of Jim White, a man who lives in a world where his contmpories make careers from going 'quiet tap, quiet tap, loud snare' for song after song and he collects toy drums and reigns supreme.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Consummation at last! 24 May 2001
By Nungesser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Low and Dirty Three have flirted for a long time...touring together, releasing dual singles, and praising each other in the press. Well, after a long long courtship, they've finally recorded together, and the outcome is worth the wait.
I was nervous that this album would be nothing more than Low backed with D3...or Dirty Three with Mimi's voice as an extra texture. But both bands have recently moved away from their dissonant pasts (Low's left behind their gothy beginnings and Dirty Three's become far more melodic than punk), and this album feels like the destination both bands were heading towards: beautiful, homespun, needle-edged songs filled with longing and hope.
The most amazing thing is hearing how the bands fit each other like a hand in a glove. I never missed vocals on Dirty Three albums until I heard Mimi's voice float over Warren's sorrowful violin, and I never missed complex counter-rhythms in Low's music until Mick Turner and Jim White filled out their sound with D3's trademark strums and brushed snares. The two together find something each band was missing. Hopefully this album's the start of a longer relationship, not just a one-off experiment. It's too natural for that.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Review taken from ALL MUSIC GUIDE by THOM JUREK 6 Jun 2001
By the human towel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In late 1999, the Dutch label KonKurrent invited Minneapolis band Low into an in-house studio to record one of the label's near-legendary In the Fishtank sessions: Bands have two days to record between 20-30 minutes of all new material of their choosing. Also touring at the time were Low's pals, the Australian instrumental dynamos the Dirty Three. Low invited them in, and in the same collaborative spirit as another In the Fishtank session involving Tortoise and the Ex, this half-hour session is the document. What is truly amazing about this hookup is how natural these two bands sound playing with one another. Low has been striking out lately, playing different kinds of material while keeping its signature slower-than-slow approach to songwriting. The Dirty Three has taken a more melodic and dynamically restrained tack since their landmark Ocean Songs recording of a few years back.
Of the six songs recorded here, none is more successful that the nearly ten-minute cover of Neil Young's "Down By the River." Mick Turner's trademark guitar style opens the work with lots of brush and cymbal work. It's unrecognizable for the first five minutes; it's just an opening shimmering drone with guitar strings wafting in and out of the atmospherics before Low's Mimi begins singing the verse and Alan teams with Turner to entwine guitars. And when Warren Ellis' violins slip into the middle of the stream, the eerie effect is complete, and the trancelike motion of the song takes hold and won't let go until silence takes over.
The other five tracks are sensual Low originals full of longing and resplendent minimalism. The D3 hold their place in the Low mix, painting it out over a vaster, more colorful expanse, creating more space in their trademark suffocating mix. Alan and Mimi croon together, singing like lovers rather than as bandmates on "Invitation Day." Mimi's vocal and Turner's guitar playing sound enmeshed on "When I Called Upon Your Seed." Drummer Jim White is also a perfect foil for Low; his off-time washes of brush and muted rimshots split the notion of time in two, making the vocal and the tune's time signature two separate entities in a sea awash with the driftwood of the other instruments. Alan's harmonium and organ and Turner take the tune out with Ellis' haltingly shimmering strings. He opens "Cody," however, with the most lonesome, forlorn fiddle line this side of Hank Williams' "Six More Miles to the Graveyard," though it echoes Fartein Valen more than country music. This is really the D3 with Low lending textural ambience and structural balance. It's full of a haunted, hunted beauty that only the D3 can muster up, and it is enhanced by the addition of Zak Sally's bass playing. The disc closes with "Lordy," featuring Low's Alan (providing banjo accompaniment) and Mimi in a gospel-drenched duet before the D3 kick in full-tilt with sawing violin from Ellis tearing the tune apart from the inside; Turner plays slide and counters him to keep in it in a blues mode as White and Mimi duke it out on the trap kits. Turner's scree ends just as the banjo re-enters and Alan forlornly pleads for his soul to be saved as the track just falls apart before ending properly.
This is a studio collaboration that works. It's half an hour of music made from the heart of goodwill and the desire by six musicians to do nothing more than play together to see what happens. What resulted is some of the best material either unit has produced.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Soothing 16 Jun 2001
By Bazomp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very smooth sounding cd. It's simplicity is what makes it work so well. The best of both bands have collided and the aftermath is beautiful chaos. I was not too keen on the idea of vocals over Dirty Three's instrumentals, but with the addition of Low's frontwoman she proved that it can be done. A nice short cd for all sorts of atmospheres. Definetly suggest giving it a listen.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful 30 minute gem 26 July 2001
By C. Bray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this cd! Except for perhaps the last song.. this has some of the best vocals I have ever heard. It's amazing... especially since it was recorded in two days! I like the crooning style on this one compared to "Things We Lost in the Fire". Mimi has a beautiful voice.
Fabulous 23 April 2008
By Robert B. Rossney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is worth buying just for "Down By The River," which is eerie and beautiful.
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