“No Comprende” – Low | 22 Years Later
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“No Comprende” – Low | 22 Years Later

How has the trio from Duluth, Minnesota managed to stick around this long? Maybe it was the Rock the Garden show in 2013 that left fans in turmoil over the 27-minute long, one song set. Maybe it’s the ethereal quality that permeates their music, from tracks like “Monkey” and “Just Make It Stop” to “No Comprende,” Low’s new single from their upcoming album Ones and Sixes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening to Low feels like the time years ago that I sat for two hours in a cool basement in Walla Walla, WA with all the lights off as Depeche Mode and The Pixies reverberated through my joints. It’s this mind-numbing sound plus the band’s ability to shift every now and then to swallow up new trends and developments in the music industry (they covered “Stay” by Rihanna!) that has helped them maintain such a strong fan base. Listening to their new single, “No Comprende,” immediately had me stuck in two different eras (though I  cannot honestly attest that I was alive when The Pixies were at their peak, a girl can wish).

In a press release, Alan Sparhawk talks about the outside influence that contributed to the new album:

“In our 20+ years of writing songs, I’ve learned that no matter how escapist, divergent, or even transcendent the creative process feels, the result is more beholden to what is going on at the moment. It’s hard to admit that one is so influenced by what is in front of us. Doesn’t it come from something magical and far away? No, it comes from here. ”

“No Comprende” is in a way both. It’s got a magical quality (emphasized by the eerie recording of a lit candle that accompanies the track) as well as reflecting some modern influences .  The beginning of the track has a weight that reminds me of bass-heavy underground clubs where kids peel themselves off the walls to swirl around in low-lit corners. Dee Dee’s (Dum Dum Girls) descriptions of the tracks have me sweating in excitement for the release.

“The reinvention of Low’s arrangement is staggering. This is headphone music; this is surround sound music.”

Subpop will be releasing the band’s 11th album on September 11 of this year which will be the first since 2013’s The Invisible Way.  The band will also continue their tour through the end of the year.
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Tour Dates:

07/03 – Beijing, CN @ YuGong Yishan
07/04 – Shanghai, CN @ Qian Shui Wan Cultural Centre
07/17-18 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
09/03 – Bergen, NO @ Perfect Sounds Forever Fest
09/04-06 – Wiltshire, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/04-06 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/18 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
09/19 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
09/21 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
09/22 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
09/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/26 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/07 – Manchester, UK @ Cathedral
10/08 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School
10/10 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
10/12 – Koln, DE @ Gebaude 9
10/13 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
10/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
10/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan
10/17 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
10/19 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
10/20 – Bologna, IT @ Teatro Antoniano
10/22 – Zaragoza, ES @ Las Armas
10/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Bikini
10/24 – Valencia, ES @ Deleste Festival
10/26 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Lara
10/27 – Santander, ES @ Escenario
10/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/31 – Brussels, BE @ AB
11/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
11/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/20 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
11/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

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Written by Sarai Seekamp

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