low 19 (2011)

How good is this? Harvest Sun have secured what’s gonna be the gig of the festive season, as Duluth Minnesota’s Low head to the Anglican Cathedral this November. We’re promised a seated, intimate affair, in the vein of the stunning Edwyn Collins show. And we can. not. wait.

Few bands still sound as vital, twenty years down the line, as Low do right now; we’ve not had their latest album, The Invisible Way, off our dodgy wifi speakers since we moved into our shed. Haunting, soulful and poignant, it’s the sound of a band hitting their stride and, with the help of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, finding a new studio sheen: it’s a return to what they do best, pop with a sider order of melancholic grandeur.

“While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft,” says Low’s Alan Sparhawk, “They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It’s a great place—a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It’s cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. Plans were made then and there…”

“We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, and he spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery.”

And, as it’s close to Christmas, dare we hope that they might play something from their festive album? That would be nice, wouldn’t it? Preferably not Taking Down The Tree, as that would be a tad premature.

LOW
18 November
Anglican Cathedral

Tickets £19.50 from Seetickets and Ticketline