Thursday, September 2, 2010

Low - Secret Name (V0)

Part of a trilogy of great Low albums, beginning with I Could Live in Hope and consummating in Things We Lost in the Fire, Secret Name is a beautiful record full of hope, sadness, love and playfulness. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker sing soulfully, with more love for eachother and intensity in their voices than similar boy-girl bands like The xx could ever hope to accomplish.

Although both bands' music is extremely stripped down and relies mostly on the extremely lush vocal harmonies created by the interplay between the male and female voices, Low do a much better job of creating this intimacy and they do it almost a decade before The xx. These songs sound like lullabies, or love songs, or expressions of the joy found in simplicity. However Low attempts to impact the listener, they always do it sincerely.

Will the night last forever?

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