Celestial Minnesota trio Low celebrate their 25th anniversary this year but rather than wallow in nostalgia they’ve chosen to untether themselves from their past. Double Negative is a continuation of a collaboration with Bon Iver producer BJ Burton that began with their last album, 2015’ s Ones And Sixes. Where that record tinkered with stark rhythmic patterns, this one off-roads in search of cavernous, electronic dronescapes. The results are almost unrecognisable from anything they made earlier in their career – the static-drenched Quorum and pulsating Dancing And Blood, in particular, setting the bar for what’s to follow – and that’s probably the point. This is the sound of Low finding extremity in a new, thrilling way. JAMES OLDHAM Listen To: Quorum | Always Up | Dancing And Blood
Going to new extremes: Low hit a career high.