All Tomorrow's Parties - Dirty Three Preview #1 - Low & Josh T. Pearson
Okay so next weekend I will be going to my first festival in about 3 or 4 years. Thats not been out of choice of course, but due to being very very poor and not taking out a student loan over four years of higher education. Still that time of evil is over, and as anyone who's seen my rather scary amount of posts on the Drowned In Sound forums recently can tell, i'm mega-uber-excited. My excitement is so great in fact that it was spotted by ATP curator Barry Hogan, who I recorded a phone interview with last week that will hopefully feature as a voiceover on the in-the-works ATP Film. The film will be finished using footage from this summers two forthcoming ATP weekends. The first of those is curated by the excellent and very underrated Dirty Three, who have picked a lineup containing the likes of (deep breath!):
NICK CAVE SOLO / GRINDERMAN / FELIX LAJKO / BILL CALLAHAN (FORMERLY SMOG) / THE DIRTY THREE / LOW / PAPA M / THE DRONES / FAUN FABLES / BROKEBACK / TARA JANE O'NEIL / MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC COMPANY / A SILVER MOUNT ZION.... / DEVASTATIONS / JOSH PEARSON / MICK HARVEY / SHANNON WRIGHT / CONWAY SAVAGE / CAT POWER / SPIRITUALIZED : ACOUSTIC MAINLINE PERFORMING SPACEMAN 3 AND SPIRITUALIZED SONGS / MUM SMOKES / SMALL KNIVES / JOANNA NEWSOM / YANN TIERSEN / WHITE MAGIC / PSARANTONIS / IAN WADLEY / ART OF FIGHTING / YOUPI YOUPI YEAH / ALAN VEGA - SOLO (SUICIDE) / ROSCOE MITCHELL (ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO) / EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN / SALLY TIMMS (MEKONS) / MATANA ROBERTS / SECRETARY /ED KUEPPER WITH JEFFREY WEGENER / THE SCIENTISTS / TREN BROTHERS / WE RAGAZZI / DIGITAL PRIMATIVES / THE ONLY ONES / JOEL SILBERSHER / NINA NASTASIA + JIM WHITE / MARY MARGARET O'HARA
Fucking hell it's gonna be good. So as a warmup to it I thought i'd do a series of preview posts to give those of us who are lucky enough to be going a chance to reignite our love for the bands we're getting to see, and for the rest of you to feel very very jealous. My apologies, of course. First up are Low.
Low formed in Duluth, Minnesota in 1993. Formed around the husband and wife team of Alan Sparkhawk and Mimi Parker, Low are held by most to be responsible for the annoyingly named and yet capable of utterly beautiful thingies genre that is Slowcore. Indeed for the majority of their careers their music has been played out in almost torturously quiet and intense emotional space unrivalled by many bands in the last 20 or 30 years. Their most recent two albums however, 2005's The Great Destroyer and this year's Drums And Guns (both on Sub Pop) have seen them moving in some different directions. The first took on a slightly heavier and more indie rock direction, perhaps best captured in the lovely California single, whilst Drums seems to capture some of the essence of the bands earlier, more solitary songs over layers of electronic and noise-based elements that create a sense of unease that is truly wonderful. Low are unrivalled in their beauty, and every fan of music should feel blessed that they're still creating music and playing live.
I've got a selection of songs for you; first up we have earlyish single Over The Ocean from 1996's The Curtain Hits The Cast, which is followed by a song a piece from 2001's Things We Lost In The Fire and 2002's Trust, and finally the song Murderer from their latest LP.
Low - (That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
Low - Murderer
Josh T. Pearson is known best in the music community for the central role he played in the short lived Lift To Experience. After forming in 1996 they released one double LP, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (2001), which in the years since its release has started to gain the sort of cult following shared by albums such as Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane.... Like that album it was ignored by many on release, and has only gained real prominence long after it was possible to see the band live. Indeed Pearson abandoned the Lift project soon after the LP proved not to be the success that he had expected. Heavily influenced by his Christianity, Pearons's music with Lift was extremely spiritual, to my ears sounding something like the greatest moments of Mogwai or Godspeed fronted by a stunning vocalist reminiscent of both Scott Walker and the less flamboyant aspects of Jeff Buckley. Perhaps somewhat naively, Pearson had expected the record to have a great spiritual influence on those who listened to it, and when it failed to sell a significant amount of copies, he assumed that it had not. Pearson thus slipped into obscurity, only to re-emerge as a solo artist in the last few years. The only recorded material to surface thus far has been a haunting cover of Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, which you can listen to at his myspace. However his debut solo album is in the works, and as well as appearing at ATP he will also be supporting 65daysofstatic on next months UK tour. He is not to be missed. Here are three songs from Lift To Experience.
Lift To Experience - Falling From Cloud 9
Lift To Experience - These Are The Days
A quick note: Somehow all the mp3s from my webspace were deleted yesterday, which means that much of the last months posts now feature dead links. I'll try to reupload some of them, but in the meantime you have my apologies. I suspect it was something to do with that Radiohead gig...
Check back tomorrow for another ATP preview!