Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why There's No Money in My 401(k): A Diary of Obsessive Materialism Vol. III

Low - A Lifetime of Temporary Relief (Chairkickers Music)

The first thing most people are going to notice about Low, Duluth's champion of the unfortunately-named genre "slowcore," is their glacial pace. Any listener who gives them more than a casual listen, however, will be rewarded by recognizing the heart-stopping beauty of the band's merrily minimalist melodies. Low's core of husband-wife team Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been releasing chillingly gorgeous music for well over a decade now, being recorded by Steve Albini, putting out albums on the heavyweights of indie labels, getting Christmas songs into Gap ads, touring with bands from Swans to Radiohead, and otherwise just being married Mormon folks who can pick a great cover and coo your still-beating heart right out of your chest. By releasing A Lifetime of Temporary Relief, Low has given a gift to music fans everywhere. Fans of Low will now have a 3-CD/1-DVD collection of B-sides, rarities, and documentary footage to fill in the gaps of their adoration, and newcomers wanting to check out the band's sterling reputation have a perfect entry point to hear every facet and aspect of Low's decade-long career...

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