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Low – Double Negative



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In 2018, Low will turn twenty-five. Since 1993, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker – the

married couple whose heaven-and-earth harmonies have always held the band’s

centre – have pioneered a subgenre, shrugged off its strictures, recorded a Christmas

classic, become a magnetic onstage force and emerged as one of music’s most

steadfast and vital vehicles for pulling light from our darkest emotional recesses. But

Low will not commemorate their first quarter-century with mawkish nostalgia or safe

runs through songbook favourites. Instead, in faithfully defiant fashion, Low will

release their most brazen, abrasive (and, paradoxically, most empowering) album

ever: ‘Double Negative’, an unflinching eleven-song quest through snarling static and

shattering beats that somehow culminates in the brightest pop song of Low’s career.

 To make ‘Double Negative’, Low reenlisted B.J. Burton, the quietly energetic and

adventurous producer who has made records with James Blake, Sylvan Esso and The

Tallest Man On Earth in recent years while working as one of the go-to figures at

Bon Iver’s home studio, April Base. Burton recorded Low’s last album, 2015’s ‘Ones

And Sixes’, at April Base, adding might to many of its beats and squelch and frisson

beneath many of its melodies.

 This time though, Sparhawk, Parker and bassist Steve Garrington knew they wanted

to go further with Burton and his palette of sounds, to see what someone who is, as

Sparhawk puts it, “a hip-hop guy” could truly do to their music. Rather than

obsessively write and rehearse at home in Duluth, Minnesota, they would often head

southeast to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, arriving with sketches and ideas that they would

work on for days with Burton. Band and producer became collaborative cowriters,

building the pieces up and breaking them down and building them again until their

purpose and force felt clear. As the world outside seemed to slide deeper into

instability, Low repeated this process for the better part of two years, pondering the

results during tours and breaks at home. They considered not only how the

fragments fit together but also how, in the United States of 2018, they functioned as

statements and salves.

 ‘Double Negative’ is, indeed, a record perfectly and painfully suited for our time.

Loud and contentious and commanding, Low fights for the world by fighting against

it. It begins in pure bedlam, with a beat built from a loop of ruptured noise waging

war against the paired voices of Sparhawk and Parker the moment they begin to

sing during the massive ‘Quorum’. For forty minutes they indulge the battle, trying to

be heard amid the noisy grain, sometimes winning and sometimes being tossed

toward oblivion.

 LP in embossed jacket with custom dust sleeve. Includes digital download coupon.

 Available to independent retailers on Loser Edition crystal clear vinyl.

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