This year, Minnesota’s Low turned twenty five years old, though you wouldn’t know that from their latest release, Double Negative. The brooding darkness and beats on the record by themselves should please any fan of the group, and the symphonic notes that dance all over the release should make them new ones as well.
In many ways, the record showcases a band who is more than happy with who they are and the music they make. Anyone who has ever caught the band in person will tell you, there’s an almost epiphany you experience when you see them perform. Those emotions wash over you when you listen to Double Negative – almost as if you’re hearing music for the first time.
The opening track “Quorum” is like a searing fire that burns within us all, while the following track “Dancing and Blood” is like the aftermath of the fire. There’s something special about a band that can hold anyone’s attention on tracks that range between four and seven minutes without sounding masturbatory, though Low achieves this all over this release.
The builds on “Fly,” the haunting notes of “Tempest” and the sonic force that hits you with “Always Trying to Work it Out” all signal the power that Low has as a unit, even twenty five years after they began. The static notes, the shattering beats, and the dark emotions that cause gut wrenching joy are all on full display as the trio navigates a universe of their own creation on track after track. The almost shoegaze pop notations of “Dancing and Fire” should through you for a loop, only proving that these three can do pretty better than most, even this far into their career.
You can stream Double Negative on all streaming platforms, you can purchase it on all digital store fronts, or you can pick it up in various formats and packages directly from Sub Pop Records. The magic of Low performing on tour begins Saturday, September 29 in Lisbon at Lisboa ao Vivo and concludes Saturday, March 23 in Provo at Velour. A full list of tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Paul Husband.