You can’t spell “slow” or “low-fi” without “low.” Both are apt descriptors for Low. If you haven’t heard of the Duluth, Minn.-based band by now, chances are you’ve been listening to louder music — for a long time.
Low’s 10th album came out Tuesday on Sub Pop. Believe it or not, the band has been around for 20 years — not much younger than the Barenaked Ladies, for crying out loud!
“The Invisible Way” continues the band’s tradition of melancholy, down-tempo tunes. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco produced the record, but according to band member Alan Sparhawk:
“We’ve made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty …”
“Just Make It Stop,” one of the singles off the new album, is quiet, melancholy and pretty. In my opinion, it’s also a strong endorsement for the album. Listen for yourself and decide.
The band is playing tonight at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York City. The tour continues through April 6 in Seattle. Later in April, the band crosses the Atlantic for some European shows.