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Towards The Low Sun [CD]

Dirty Three Audio CD
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Melancholy instrumental trio Dirty Three formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1992, led by classically trained violinist Warren Ellis, who began writing and performing music for art openings and plays and also tenured in the groups Blackeyed Susans, Paranoid, and the Nursing Mothers. After enlisting Blackeyed Susans guitarist Mick Turner and drummer Jim White -- veterans of Melbourne bands ... Read more in Amazon's Dirty Three Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B006UTJ75Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Furnace Skies
2. Sometimes I Forget You ve Gone
3. Moon On The Land
4. Rising Below
5. The Pier
6. Rain Song
7. That Was Was
8. Ashen Snow
9. You Greet Her Ghost

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BBC Review

By getting back to basics and running on their instincts it would seem as if Australia’s finest threesome have rediscovered just what it is that makes them great. After their last full-length, 2005’s Cinder, saw a more structured approach in the studio with slightly disappointing results this, their eighth album, sees a welcome return to the lengthier improvised explorations that marked their earliest fiery recordings.

The trio’s innate shared language, borne through playing together in a slew of various set-ups over the years, is immediately evident on opener Furnace Skies, a combustible free jazz flurry that, on first listen, would sound more at home on Norway’s Rune Grammofon imprint. This is the noise of old friends kicking back, having a blast. The squeals of feedback from Warren Ellis’ tortured violin that herald That Was Was seem to comprise something of a metallic metaphor; custodial shackles being defiantly flung to the ground.

But Toward the Low Sun is far from being a bludgeoning, self-indulgent sprawl. It’s a work suffused with all the dynamics that made classic Dirty Three albums like Horse Stories and Ocean Songs such pleasurable feasts. Mick Turner’s deliciously understated, impressionistic guitar flickers at the heart of the hesitant Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone. His deft playing accompanies some doleful piano filigrees and Jim White’s flailing percussion that rides out on muted cymbal shimmer. Ellis shines brightest on the dulcet Moon on the Land, his instrument lending the track its heart-stopping Celtic folk refrain. But maybe best of all is the stately piano-led Ashen Snow, a wispy hymnal propelled by a cascading flute call and thumping kick drum that could have been a slow dance smash for all manner of forest critters.

Ellis, White and Turner have been playing together now for more than 20 years, yet this album sounds so fresh and full of vigour that you would be excused for mistaking it as the rambunctious debut of a cocky troupe of far younger bucks. All it took was for the Dirty Three to revive that special something that’s been there from their very start, proving along the way that timeworn adage about class and form.

--Spencer Grady

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass 15 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 31 Jan 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
On the strength of Towards The Low Sun, I have subsequently obtained all the vinyl from Dirty Three. Beautiful music and hold the press... well recorded too! Highly recommended.
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