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Old 09-11-2021, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yeah, I don't see a thread for this band. Their new album HEY WHAT just released and it's goddamn great. My current top runner for album of the year. Really all of their albums are great. My favorite is their first one but it is hard to choose. They represent slowcore to me. Let the discussion begin.
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Old 09-12-2021, 01:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Two favorites from Double negative (although the whole album is pretty much flawless), the album before this latest, for easy clicking by those uninitiated:





To be perfectly frank, I didn't venture much into their pre-Double negative output, I was a little worried it wouldn't really match up to that album (which I've heard described as a highlight for them). But your post has me intrigued. I've put together a complete playlist on spotify and will go through it these days. Right after I digest HEY WHAT a bit more. Which yes, sounds great.
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Old 09-12-2021, 08:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, their two latest records are definitely a bit of a change in style, but I grew to love them from their early works - here's a couple highlights:







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Days Like These sounds like Mumford and Sons with distortion instead of banjos lol

Good album, but Double Negative is defo better. Don't sleep on Ones and Sixes if you like both of their eras, it's a nice transitional point between them.
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I am a tremendous fan of Low's work. I began with their complete album chronology digitally including the Lowfits live sessions, then bought the Lifetime of Temporary Relief CD box set, and I tracked down all of my favorite releases on wax. On vinyl I have C'mon, The Great Destroyer, Trust, and an original Kranky pressing of Things We Lost in the Fire with the etched lyrics on side D.

I adore the haunting fragile quality of their early efforts, and was won over to their re-invented sound on Destroyer with highlights like, "Cue the Strings" and the powerful, "When I Go Deaf." C'mon became my favorite of their albums with "Especially Me," "Majesty / Magic," and my all-time favorite Low track, "Nothing But Heart."

But that's where I left them behind. I briefly sampled The Invisible Way and Ones and Sixes but nothing stood out as strongly as cuts from their prior LPs, and the gritty distortion of the Double Negative promos turned me off completely.

Am I missing something? Are there still cuts featuring the delicate but powerful dynamics like the tracks I know and love present on Double Negative and HEY WHAT? Or does their newly-adopted inorganic overdrive distortion dominate these records?

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I'm not familiar with the output you like but the songs I posted are pretty much distortion free, and quite gorgeous.
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