Low

Double Negative

Sub Pop SPCD1250
  • LP (color): Includes download, clear vinyl, embossed jacket
  • LP: Includes download, embossed jacket
  • CD: Mini-gatefold digipak with embossed artwork
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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 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 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.

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. 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

Quorum Low
Dancing and Blood Low
Fly Low
Tempest Low
Always Up Low
Always Trying to Work It Out Low
The Son, The Sun Low
Dancing and Fire Low
Poor Sucker Low
Rome (Always in the Dark) Low
Disarray Low

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