Low :: Poor Sucker

On Double Negative, Low's 12th album, the Minneapolis trio cake their austere songs in hiss, noise, and impenetrable distortion. Recorded in Wisconsin over a two-year span with producer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon of Bon Iver's studio April Base, it's easy to suspect a tactic at work. The voices of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, harmonizing in the same haunting, beautiful way they have on record for 25 years, sound impossibly remote, as if in the process of decaying away . . .

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