Low – “Venus” 7”
Sub Pop, 1997
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2008
As far as I can tell, the “Venus” 7” falls somewhere between the band’s early breakout albums Long Division and The Curtain Hits the Cast and two of their best albums: Secret Name and their masterpiece, Things We Lost in the Fire. What we get on “Venus” is the sound of a band who has just figured it out, and it’s wonderful. I have long admired Low for their ability to just as compelling as any major indie rock band while playing at half the speed. The benefit is an atomosphere and moodiness unrivaled in the realm. “Venus” is a stunning example of the magic that happens when Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker harmonize. It’s not as epic as some of their later tracks, but there is something about the quaintness of this track that puts my heart at ease. It’s just so easy to love, but then again, so is Low. Kudos to them for staying relevant and continuing to make kick ass records (most notably 2007’s sparse and haunting “Drums & Guns” and most recently, the absolutely teriffic The Invisible Way). B-side “Boyfriends & Girlfriends” is a spare and hypnotic dirge that forecasts towards the darker edge of Low’s discography.
"Boyfriends & Girlfriends"