Low - Double Negative


Dancing And Blood


Format LP
Label Sub Pop
Catalogue Number SP 1250
Year 2018
Genre Rock, Alternative, Indie Rock


Double Negative (LP / 2018)

Sub Pop (SP 1250)

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.

‘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.


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A1 Quorum
A2 Dancing And Blood
A3 Fly
A4 Tempest
A5 Always Up
B1 Always Trying To Work It Out
B2 The Son, The Sun
B3 Dancing And Fire
B4 Poor Sucker
B5 Rome (Always In Th Dark)
B6 Disarray