Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Invisible Way

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Invisible Way

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Low (Sub Pop Records, 2013)

The release of a new Low album often feels like an unexpected gift. Not that all of their albums are unqualified masterpieces, but each of them contains a few gems that remind you of the evocative and poetic power of good songwriting.

Low's sparse, patient, and meditative songs have often been at odds with much of the hyperactive and sometimes superficial music of the day. At the band's heart are the beautiful and often sublime harmonies of singers, musicians, and spouses Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.

The Invisible Way aptly displays the band's ability to surprise with simplicity. From the opening notes of "Plastic Cup" through the rest of the album's 11 tracks they explore a delicate interplay of acoustic guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Slow to mid tempo drumbeats punctuate big, unadorned open chords amidst lovely harmonies.

The spectacular sound, captured by the well-known musician and producer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), allows for a more intimate experience of the music and voices. …

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