Low : Canada

...whatever these motherf---ers from heaven do, beauty is a given...

Clearly inspired by The Datsuns’ fine example, the habitually quiet Low return with something of a rock divertissement. Okay, there’s little in the way of hair-shaking riffs and surgically applied demin, but considering Low’s records traditionally bring all the noise of a small mouse yawning, ‘Canada’ is almost painfully loud. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker interweave their magical vocals and cryptic lyrics over a drone so electrifying it should have a ‘Warning: Danger Of Death’ sign slapped on it, a glorious emotional smoulder that threatens to break into a full-on rock’n’roll inferno at any second. It’s followed by a wonderful maypole-dancing cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Fearless’, but whatever these motherf---ers from heaven do, beauty is a given.

Victoria Segal

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