Formed in Duluth, MN, in 1993, Low were perhaps the slowest of the so-called “slowcore” bands — delicate, austere, and hypnotic, the trio’s music rarely rose above a whisper, divining its dramatic tension in the unsettling open spaces created by the absence of sound. Initially comprised of the husband-and-wife team of guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and drummer/vocalist Mimi Parker along with bassist John Nichols, Low began as an experimental reaction to the predominance of grunge. Shimmy Disc producer Kramer soon invited the group to record at his Noise N.J. studios, and the resulting demos earned them a deal with the Vernon Yard label.
fter reentering the studio with Kramer, Low emerged with their 1994 debut, I Could Live in Hope, a beautiful set spotlighting the trio’s hauntingly minimal aesthetic — even Parker’s drum set consisted of only a snare and a hi-hat. Nichols exited the group prior to 1995’s lovely Long Division, recorded with new bassist Zak Sally. A subsequent appearance on the Joy Division tribute A Means to an End was later expanded into the following year’s Transmission EP, a five-track set also featuring a rendition of Supreme Dicks’ “Jack Smith.” With new producer Steve Fisk behind the boards, Low returned later in 1996 with The Curtain Hits the Cast. The Songs for a Dead Pilot EP followed in 1997 and marked the group’s debut with their new label, Kranky, for whom they released such critically acclaimed albums as 1999’s Secret Name and 2001’s Things We Lost in the Fire. The late ’90s also saw them issue Owl (Low Remixes) and the Christmas mini-album, which featured a cover of “Little Drummer Boy” that became a minor hit when it was featured in The Gap’s holiday season commercials in 2000.
Things We Lost in the Fire
The band’s brilliant Things We Lost in the Fire arrived in 2001, with the darker, more subdued Trust coming the following year. Two years later, the B-sides/rare tracks collection A Lifetime of Temporary Relief appeared on Low’s own Chairkickers Music imprint. For their seventh full-length album, 2005’s The Great Destroyer, Low moved to Sub Pop, where they remained for 2007’s politically charged Drums and Guns and 2011’s C’mon, the latter of which marked the debut of bassist Steve Garrington.


The Crookes Share Low Remix Of “Echolalia”

The Crookes have premiered a new remix of the song “Echolalia” by the venerable music group Low today. “It’s a great tune,” said Alan Sparhawk of Low, “we figured we had to go somewhere completely different to do it justice.” “Echolalia” is featured on The Crookes sophomore North American full-length, Soapbox, released in April on Modern Outsider. The Sheffield lads:

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Trentemoller announces new North American tour dates; Expanded live show set for November, his new album 'Lost Reworks' is out now on in my room

Trentemoller announces North American dates

Trentemoller’s Lost mixed the tried-and-tested with all sorts of sonic surprises, merging the extrovert and introvert qualities the man has in his command. Also notable for being his most collaborative effort yet, it paired him with a vibrant and varied cast of guests – the legendary duo Low, Jonny Pierce from The Drums,

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Trentemoller's 'Lost Reworks' album is now streaming in full, new video for "Come Undone" remix out now; 'Lost Reworks' out september 1st on In My Room

Trentemoller streams album ‘Lost Reworks’

As original as it is classic, Trentemoller Lost mixed the tried-and-tested with all sorts of sonic surprises, merging the extrovert and introvert qualities the man has in his command. Also notable for being his most collaborative effort yet, it paired him with:

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Sub Pop's Record Store Day Black Friday Releases: Josh Tillman; Low / Shearwater Single

Sub Pop Announces Record Store Day Releases

On November 29th, Sub Pop will release two limited-edition Black Friday exclusives: Josh Tillman’s score to the forthcoming short film The History of Caves, and a split 7” featuring Low’s popular rendition of Rihanna’s megahit “Stay” ,

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Low covers Rhianna & Mykki Echo's "Stay" for Rock For Kids. Low will tour North America and Europe Oct through November

Low Covers Rhianna & Mykki Echo’s “Stay”

After performing a crowd-favorite live version of Rihanna’s “Stay” this past July, Low was inspired to record a proper studio version to help raise funds for Rock for Kids (see news story September 12th). Rock For Kids ( provides music education,

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