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New LP out on the 11th of September.
the two new songs I've heard sound dull though :/
The Invisible Way was probably their weakest album to date for me but I'm always happy to get a new Low album.
The Invisible Way less so, but it is certainly not a bad record.
I can't hear this new track until my (looming) lunch break, but am just excited at the concept of new material.
I believe we are to expect a tour announcement for October soon also.
The Invisible Way is a bit bland (but with two or three excellent songs)
Even a mediocre Low album is exciting though
Invisible Way was pretty good, but doesn't really bear repeated listens.
New track is good; reminded me of Drums and Guns, but closer to Low's "normal" sound.
look forward to the new record though
I rarely listen to either of their last two.
Still, it means another tour and another chance to see them.
hopefully an indicator that the new album will be a bit darker and more experimental than the last one.
and there's mention of a song which is described in the article below as a spiritual successor to Shots and Ladders. Could be interesting
07/10 - Manchester, England - Cathedral ^
08/10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Art School
10/10 - London, England - Roundhouse ^
^ with Two Gallants
Though available now for Roundhouse members I think
just realised the London one (at least) is a fucking ATP gig
So will have to give it a miss.
They'll play London again, they always do.
might go see them in glasgow, which i am moving to
sounded glorious if not a little strange
Looking forward to it, only seen them once before (Union Chapel in 2008 or thereabouts)
First time, but as someone who is only acquainted with about half of their back catalogue, they were amazing. There's something you get from watching them live in a small venue that their records just doesn't transmit.
I think they played 4 off the new album. One in particular - Landslide - sounds up there with anything they've done.
Pissing and On My Own were just beautiful.
I've seen the a few times in big seated places (Barbican and Royal Festival Hall), however the best gig was a small standing venue (Cambridge Junction) where the show just felt more intimate and was much louder.
They've evolved a lot in 20 years and are still a really exciting band.
like that it seems like it's a bit more experimental than their last two.
it's good, theyre finally reversing out of the cul-de-sac of the last two albums. going for a much more great destroyer/drums and guns muscley rhythm vibe. although not quite a high as those two albums - theres few tracks that dont really hit home yet. still a real joy.
Really excited purely based on that track. What part of me is also good though, very reminiscent of C'mon.
after the first listen, it's very good. though I didn't dislike the Invisible way, I was worried they would've worked their way into a sort of boring indie folk dead end. This one is somewhere between Drums & Guns and C'Mon; more electronic/triggered percussion, but more poppy.
but it does seem like he wasn't the right choice as producer for the last album.
Have we done Low album ranking yet?
Things We Lost in the Fire
The Great Destroyer
The Curtain Hits the Cast
I Could Live in Hope
C'mon/Trust/Drums and Guns
The Invisible Way
not sure if Tweedy was the wrong choice as much as the style was just kind of ok. I can't even really say anything bad about it, it just didn't inspire repeated listens.
Things We Lost in the Fire > I Could live in Hope > C'Mon = The Great Destroyer = Long Division = Ones and Sixes (tenuous) > Drums and Guns > Trust > Curtain Hits the Cast (most over-rated) > The Invisible Way
put it on par with Trust.
Things We Lost In The Fire > Trust > The Great Destroyer > Secret Name > The Curtain Hits The Cast > Drums & Guns > Long Division > C'Mon > The Invisible Way
is just the most beautiful wonderful record of all time. Glad we all agree.
Things We Lost in the Fire > I Could Live in Hope > Ones and Sixes > Long Division = C'mon > Trust = The Curtain Hits the Cast = Drums and Guns > Secret Name > The Great Destroyer > The Invisible Way
All are a good listen, though.
I Could Live in Hope > Secret Name > Trust > Drums and Guns > Long Division > C'mon > The Great Destroyer > The Invisible Way > Curtain Hits the Cast
Though I'm not really a credible source; this is the first Low album I've listened to from release, since The Invisible Way passed me by. But I can't get enough of it, the percussive similarities to Drums & Guns/The Great Destroyer are apparent...and interestingly I've always found those two LPs fairly hard to get into.
Current favourites are: Gentle, Spanish Translation, The Innocents, Lies and DJ (which is absolutely stunning).
are ones I am yet to hear (bar Lies which I've heard once and liked).
I'm really excited to get my hands on this, holding out for release day but I will no doubt crumble should a stream surface.
A very poor quality rip ... and it sounds amazing. Some of their best work...? Going to be hard to not fall for this until the real better quality version comes out...
the last three tracks in particular are just great, such a strong ending to the album.
You want religion, You want assurance, A resurrection, Some kind of purpose.
I like it aesthetically, but there's something about it that's offputting. I think it's that a bulk of it is them repeating the title.
the production is a bit much in places (particularly on "Gentle") but brilliant in others like "Spanish Translation". interested to hear some of these songs like, as with Drums and Guns the live versions of most tracks ("Dragonfly", "Breaker" being two that come to mind straight away) were far superior to the recorded versions, though not sure that'll be the case here.
need a few more listens as theres a lot to get into. don't think they'll ever get to the level of Trust/Things... etc again, but this is a really interesting album, even if it does go on a little in places ("Kids In The Corner" and "Landslide" only really need to be half their length)
I love it when a well-established band have a resurgence in their later years by drawing on different elements from their best records and from the bit more experimental ones that fell a little flat (eg Tindersticks).
There are 3 or 4 on here that I adore as much as anything they have done and nothing really duff.
Experienced and comfortable in their own skin.
I've avoided the leak so far and am now impossibly excited.
the early version was a different tracklisting, started with "the innocents" still feels much better there than buried on the second side. still, trim it down to 10 tracks, this is arguably their best album in the last 10 years.
is definitely the best mimi song since https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7pD7T2Tz1k
hm, The Innocents as an opener just seems odd to me, especially since I can't really imagine Gentle as a second track. It seems like it would be a very slow start, even relative to Low.
innocents/no comprende started off, gentle was near the end of the album, landslide right in the middle.
I love the way Gentle and DJ book end it, with the more immediate songs in the middle.
feels like they've hit the sweet spot of what they've been trying across their last few lps.
The Innocents is such a great track, and the lyrics really resonate with the current news.
one of the best albums of their career i reckon, and much better than the last two at least. Sounds beautiful in places, and a much nicer sound than The Invisible Way. Gutted i'm not seeing them on the next tour now.
My god there were a lot of wankers in the audience who would not shut up.
Let's go to a quiet gig and talk!
New songs sounded good with real drums. Mimi's voice echoing around that room sounded amazing.
Asked a lad next to my friend to stop singing badly AT THE TOP OF HIS VOICE (like, throwing his head back and trying to harmonise) early on. At next interval he started giving my friend lip. It nearly got silly.
The only other time I have come close to a gig scrap in similar "shut the fuck up" circumstances was at a Stereolab show. Obviously.
at a Go-Betweens gig once. Go-Betweens.
it just comes alive when played live that song. Same happens with When I Go Deaf
I guess due to them still having lots of fans from their slowcore days who will be annoyed if anyone even whispers (i'm one of them) but then having another group of fans who have only really known them since The Great Destroyer/know them because of the Robert Plant covers.
I was hammered and in a bit of a trance for the whole set. No talking people, comfy seat, could nip off for a piss easily. Done.
They were actually the best than I've ever seen them. The new album is immense in a live setting.