December 29, 2012

Song Review: Low's "Plastic Cup"


To the behest of the band, Low are often credited as spearheading the late '90s slowcore movement, but as their post-2005-era outputs The Great Destroyer, Drums and Guns and C'Mon have victoriously proven, post-rock reverb, electronic experimentation, angrier voices and even some funny quips have steered the Deluth trio away from being pigeonholed as a band settled on serious quiet melancholia. 2011's C'Mon in particular merged the sum of all parts since the band's inception nearly two decades ago, thus leaving the door wide open for the indie rockers to revisit any of their past lives in the future. For their 10th LP, The Invisible Way, due out March 13th on Sub Pop, Low decided to recorded the entire effort in the warm setting of friend and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's Chicago loft studio. As the saying goes, if it isn't broke, don't fix it, and that cliché couldn't be any more revelatory than on our first listen, "Plastic Cup." The track takes full advantage of Tweedy's small-space recording quarters with barely-there acoustic strumming, Mimi Parker's kick drum rumbling only to a tremor while she and Alan Sparhawk bend soft harmonies behind the dark curtains. The listen could easily fit into any part of Low's catalog -- or even Tweedy's, for that matter -- speaking volumes about how impressionable their American gothic footsteps have become with their rising indie vet status. When the husband-wife duo profess at end, "Maybe you should go out and write your own damn song / And move on...," "Paper Cup" also serve's as Low's tongue-in-cheek declaration that they're ready to take ownership of a sound that's rightfully theirs, as well.

Low - "Plastic Cup"

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