Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mini Review: Low - C'mon

Stream Low - C'mon here
If you’re familiar with the genre of slowcore you’ll probably appreciate that for me to fully absorb this album in a day is going to be next to impossible. It’s a style that takes a while to get under the skin, yet it can be as rewarding and enjoyable as many forms of fast-paced music given proper care and attention. Low have been around since 1993 and are considered one of the pioneers of the genre, but naturally their sound has changed quite a bit during that time and now. Their ninth LP C’mon is likely to be as good as any other as an entry to slowcore, as there are many new incorporations to the formula, be they in the twinkly glockenspiel of the first track Try to Sleep (reminding me of the latest DeVotchKa LP), the weaving banjo touches of Witches, or  the steel guitar of the stormy Nothing But Heart provided by Wilco’s Nels Cline, which reaches almost theremin-like warble towards the tracks colossal finish. The main gripes of this album are probably in the shorter tracks Done and the closing Something’s Turning Over, which fail to make much of an impression unlike the graceful lengthier tracks. It’s not going to cap off your perfect day but if you’re stuck inside in the rain (physically or otherwise) the sullen harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker could be the catharsis you’re after.

You'll notice I put an album stream at the beginning of the review. I'll be doing that for any whole album streams and downloads I can find from now on, though keep in mind if the post has been up for some time the chances are the content may no longer be available. But it's there for now, and after all it's all about your opinions on music that matters, so I'll share with you whatever I can find a relevant download/stream.

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