on 1 June 2007
I saw this band play live a year ago and this is the album that put me in the audience in the first place...This is an outstanding piece of work.It's understated and restrained and gorgeously delicate,and seems to conjure stories through the lyrics which stay with you: on 'Streetlight',such a little gem of a song,a fragment really,a glinting piece of glass from a broken bottle (excuse me for that).The song 'Shame' is just beautiful,and seems to hang in the air like a graceful and somewhat doomed fall (apologies again).
The precision here, of lo-fi instrumentation and those lovely harmonies between the voices...There is space in the music,and it's this that really pulls you in.Then there's those words too,the stories..Fragile,bruised,funny like bumps on the head sometimes.Sure there's some bleakness in here,but warmth as well.A great album.
on 21 December 2010
Low - Long Division (Vernon Yard)
Available in the States since 1995, "Long Division" finally gets a UK release. And very welcome it is, too.
Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, where the winters are bleak and unforgiving, Low make music to warm the soul. These slow, beautiful songs draw you into Low's grey winter world, where they permeate through like ghostly spirits from the past. Glorious understated melody oozes from every track on this haunting record, leaving the listener relaxed and rejuvenated. You simply feel better for listening to it. 8/10.