Low - Double negative

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12.06.2018 - 18:11 Uhr - Newsbeitrag


Am 14. September werden Low in der treu trotzigen Art und Weise ihrer 25-jährigen Karriere Double Negative veröffentlichen, ihr unverfrorenstes, abrasivstes (und paradoxerweise stärkstes) Album. Als Auftakt zum Full-Length-Album präsentieren Low ein Triptychon-Video zu den Eröffnungs-Songs des Albums.

Jedes Video kann jedoch auch einzeln betrachtet werden:

Directed & edited by Ben Chisholm
Filmed by Karlos Rene Ayala

“Dancing and Blood”
Directed, filmed & edited by
Karlos Rene Ayala

Directed by Mark Pellington
Edited by Jen Kennedy

Um Double Negative aufzunehmen, verpflichteten Low erneut B.J. Burton, den experimentierfreudigen Produzenten, der in den letzten Jahren Platten mit Bon Iver, Lizzo und Francis and the Lights gemacht hat. Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker und Bassist Steve Garrington wussten, dass sie mit Burton und seiner Klangpalette noch weiter gehen wollten: Sie wollten sehen, was jemand, der, wie Sparhawk sagt, "ein Hip-Hop-Typ" mit ihrer Musik anfangen kann. Anstatt zu Hause in Duluth, Minnesota, zu schreiben und zu proben, fuhren sie oft nach Südosten nach Eau Claire und kamen mit Skizzen und Ideen, an denen sie tagelang mit Burton arbeiteten. Band und Produzent wurden kollaborative Co-Autoren, die die Stücke aufbauten und zerlegten, bis ihr Zweck und ihre Kraft klar waren. Das Albumcover für Double Negative wurde von dem langjährigen Kollaborateur, dem englischen Künstler Peter Liversidge, entworfen.

Nach Sommer-Shows in Großbritannien, Deutschland und Polen und zwei aufeinander folgenden Konzerten im National Sawdust in New York werden Low im Herbst 2018 auf ausgedehnte Tour gehen. Unten findet sich eine vollständige Liste der Tourdaten, weitere werden in den nächsten Wochen bekannt gegeben.

23. Juni – Duisburg | Traumzeit Festival

25. Juni – München | Ampere

26. Juni – Dresden | Beatpol

06. Okt – Zürich | Bogen F

08. Okt – Leipzig | Conne Island

09. Okt – Berlin | Festsaal Kreuzberg

11. Okt – Brüssel | Orangerie (at Botanique)

12. Okt – Amsterdam | Paradiso

13. Okt – Paris | La Gaîté Lyrique

More on Low’s Double Negative by Grayson Currin:
In 2018, the band 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 center—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 its first quarter-century with mawkish nostalgia or safe runs through songbook favorites. Instead, in faithfully defiant fashion, Low will release its 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.

During the immersive “Dancing and Blood,” Parker slowly comes into focus, as if singing from the wind-ripped mouth of a cave. Parker appears to beat back disaster for “Fly,” her soulful vocals curving into and above Garrington’s bold bassline as Sparhawk’s own signal cuts in and out. Elsewhere, though, songs like “Always Trying to Work It Out” and “Tempest” threaten to swallow the pair whole, their overwhelming quakes of dissonance aiming to silence them once and for all. Sometimes, Sparhawk and Parker are stuck in the Sisyphean middle, capable of neither failing nor forging ahead. During the brilliantly conceived “Poor Sucker,” written in large part by Garrington, their voices suggest skiffs stuck on some turbulent sea, falling beneath and rising above the cacophony with seasick irregularity. In this frustrated song of self-defeat, Low lists all the ways they could have made their lives matter. It is a eulogy of could-have-beens for a time that won’t really let you be.

As “Rome (Always in the Dark),” a march that forces its way through the din with damn-the-torpedoes tenacity, fades toward a rare silence, a pulse sculpted from a shard of noise emerges, flashing from a distance like the safety of a life raft. It rises into a steady thump, with Sparhawk and Parker floating above it in crystalline unison: “Before it falls into total disarray/You’ll have to learn to live a different way,” they sing, their melody forming a tightrope of despair and delight. In some ways, it’s a warning of the bad times to come. But it’s also a promise that we’re more powerful and adaptable than madness itself, that we have the ability to persevere. During the song’s back half, Sparhawk and Parker don’t say anything. They instead lock into august harmony and glide between notes, Parker’s purely ascendant tone pulling Sparhawk’s falsetto skyward. It is an exquisite and triumphant moment, an exhalation after all the damage and din.

In spite of the mounting noise, Sparhawk and Parker still sing. Or maybe they sing because of the noise. For Low, has there ever really been a difference?

Low Double Negative Triptych Video –

Low Quorum Video –

Low Dancing and Blood Video –

Low Fly Video –


Double Negative


1. Quorum

2. Dancing and Blood

3. Fly

4. Tempest

5. Always Up

6. Always Trying to Work It Out

7. The Son, The Sun

8. Dancing and Fire

9. Poor Sucker

10. Rome (Always in the Dark)

11. Disarray

12.06.2018 - 23:10 Uhr
stammt der text von ihrer promoagentur? wäre nett, das kenntlich zu machen. ist das ein witz (quorum)? schwer bis gar nicht zu ertragen...


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13.06.2018 - 08:04 Uhr
aus dem Pressetext: 'sie veröffentlichen ihr... (... paradoxerweise stärkstes) Album'

Darauf lassen aber die ersten drei veröffentlichten Songs nicht schliessen. Klingt so, als ob sie wieder Krach hätten wie damals.


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Registriert seit 15.06.2013

13.06.2018 - 10:13 Uhr
Kann mir kaum vorstellen, dass sie es schaffen nochmal einen drauf zu legen. Wenn man bedenkt, dass sie Platten wie I Could Live in Hope, The Curtain Hits the Cast, Trust und vor allem Secret Name gemacht haben. Seit 2002 rum haben sie mMn auch etwas abgebaut bzw. keinen richtig großen Kracher mehr rausgebraucht.
13.06.2018 - 22:03 Uhr
@musie: Dieses "stärkstes" ist leider etwas schludrig aus dem englischen Promotext übersetzt - eigentlich stand da "empowering", aber "stärkendstes" klang wohl nicht markig genug. :)


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Registriert seit 13.05.2014

13.06.2018 - 22:17 Uhr
08. Okt – Leipzig | Conne Island

Zum Glück spielen sie im UT Connewitz und nicht im Conne.

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