Double Negative by Low.
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Double Negative seems like it is a polarizing release from Low. People are either, “Low!? What the Fcuk are you doing!?” or they’re, “Thank Gott! Low has finally done something interesting!”
I lean towards the latter.
In any case, let’s just say Low has fully embraced the possibilities inherent in the 21st Century digital recording studio. And they also seem to have splurged on a boatload of new digital EFX pedals.
A very interesting juxtaposition of beautiful hymn-like melodies and harmonies against the sort of distortion levels you would really only expect to find on a harsh noise album. I really thought the song “Tempest” had broken my car’s speakers.
And you thought Yo La Tengo had a monopoly on that sort of thing.
Mrs Flannestad saw Low perform this material earlier this summer at the Eaux Claires music festival and said it was particularly magical.
Low plays the Great American Music Hall, Saturday Mar 16, 2019.
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2 thoughts on “Double Negative”
I agree. I like Low, but this album is thrilling, and would be for nearly any band. It’s also one of the boldest and best rock records I have heard in years.
Thanks for the comment, Anu! I agree! And some of that distortion is just bonkers for an album in any category. Wouldn’t be out of place on a Merzbow album, but there it is up against beautiful soaring melodies.
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