After a long hiatus with each band member being on different corners of the globe with their thumbs in numerous pies, they get together long enough to deliver this essential, explosive release. Their statement is clear from the beginning of Furnace Skies, which kicks off the record with a blast of percussion and a moody slightly distorted fuzzy guitar loop. Ellis's violin comes in to wash over and lift and 3Dise the sound a little and the whole thing comes together beautifully.
The mood changes on the next tracks several times, and the listener really feels like there is a wealth of emotion in this recording. It is quintessential Dirty Three, like the trio have taken all they have learnt from the last twenty years and put into this forty minute sucker punch. It does not flow like, say, Ocean Songs, but the variety is richer and the songs are more powerful and aggressive and on the right side of accessible.
The Low Sun is a huge and very powerful album and it leaps from the speakers and shows the listener what can still be done with the LP. This level of music does not appear very often, and it is testament to the band that they are still, remarkably, at the very top of their game.