I’ve recently rediscovered my love for Low’s earlier albums, such as I Could Live In Hope and The Curtain Hits the Cast. You know, the albums that basically cemented the group’s reputation as the creators of “slowcore” (a term the band themselves dislike quite a bit).
Below is the video for “Words,” the opening track from I Could Live In Hope, and the very first Low track I ever heard. I still remember the first time I heard it, via a low-quality recording on a fan-site, and how something just clicked as Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s harmonies came drifting over Sparhawk’s lazy guitar and that simple, ominous bassline.
I was hooked, and even after all these years, few bands can hold my attention as readily and surely as Low.