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Low performs in the Current Studio

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by Steve Seel, Jill Riley and Low

April 15, 2011

Guitarist and Singer for Low Alan Sparhawk
Guitarist and Singer for Low Alan Sparhawk
Nate Ryan

Duluth-based indie-rock mainstays Low have returned with their ninth full-length album, "C'mon," which features guest turns by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline as well as members of Trampled by Turtles and the Trans Siberian Orchestra (yes, you read that correctly).

Low have undergone a minor line-up shift since 2007's "Drums and Guns"--bassist Matt Livingston was replaced by newcomer Steve Garrington--and they've brought in producer Matt Beckley, whose background producing Katy Perry and Ke$ha is roughly a million miles away from previous Low producers like Dave Fridmann (famous as the Flaming Lips' longtime producer) and Steve Albini.

But Beckley wisely avoids overdoing the production with pop sheen, and as the core of the group's personnel, the husband-and-wife duo of Alan and Mimi Sparhawk, remains intact, so does their signature sound. Indeed, "C'mon" is full of the stark, slow-burning rock that earned Low their following.

Singer and drummer for Low
Singer and drummer for Low, Mimi Parker
Nate Ryan

Low stopped by The Current studios for a session the day before "C'mon" was released.

Songs played: "Try To Sleep," "You See Everything" and "Witches."