Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Low - Drums and Guns

Judging from what little I've heard off the new Low album, Drums and Guns, we're in for a serious treat. Once again, they've teamed up with producer-extraordinaire, Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Sparklehorse), as they did with their previous effort, The Great Destroyer, to create what Low fans expect out of this Duluth, MN trio: minimalist indie-rock tunes that quietly scream less is way more.

I'd imagine there's a sect of Low fans out there who weren't thrilled with the more sonic approach Low took with The Great Destroyer. After all, Low is known their inconspicuous melodies that sneak up on you and attack when you least expect it. Destroyer showed a new Low: a more full, plush and, dare I say, accessible sound for Low-heads to digest.

Drums and Guns, on the other other hand, seems to dip into some of the more familiar Low arrangements; while still broadening their horizons and redefining their sound. Alan Sparhawk (guitar/vox) showcases shocked and damning lyrics (wait 'til you hear the opener, "Pretty People"), yet his ferocity is balanced by laid back, simple break-beats and complimenting angular guitars.

  • Low - breaker (via sub pop)

  • Low - hatchet (via noisefortoaster)

  • Drums and Guns comes out on 3/20/07 via sub pop records.

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