C'mon

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Ten years on since their career defining album Things We Lost in The Fire and Low are still rolling on with critical acclaim around almost every corner. Although their output ratio has slowed a little in recent times (it’s been four years since Drums and Guns), Low’s core of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker are still making music as invigorating as it sounded all those years ago. For these album sessions the band have returned to the scene of another former glory, the Sacred Heart Studio (where they recorded 2002’s Trust) to make full use of the cavernous space which seems so perfectly suited to Low’s sound (you kind of wonder why they don’t come here every time?).   It's slightly unnerving that the opening track on C'mon is possibly also the weakest track on C'mon, it's not an awful song but it's by no means amazing either. The Mimi Parker led "You See Everything" is really where things fall into place, with a powerful chorus and a great mix of gentle and intense percussion which still leaves room for what's to come. "Done" continues the band's tradition of crafting beautifully harmonic music, this time accompanied by Nels Cline's lap steel guitar and with the simplest of lyrics ("If you see my love, tell her I'm done") it sends a shiver down the spine. Many of the tracks here echo with a perfectly restraint dose of guitar fuzz, amplified by the surroundings of the former catholic church where they were recorded, and by track seven ("Majesty/Magic") you may think that the band have layered these tools to perfection. On many other albums you would be correct, it's a definite highlight but it's hard not to argue that the true peak here is the eight minute behemoth of lo-fi simplicity, "Nothing But Heart". The song essentially repeats it's title over and over again whilst, over the course of its life, a basic guitar strum turns into a giant wall of sound, making the rest of the record seem relatively one dimensional in comparison. Another gem in Low's glittering back catalogue.