Musical group from Duluth, Minnesota. Renowned for their music of funereal pace, brushed snare, reverbed guitar and stunningly beautiful vocal harmonies.

Low consist of Mormon couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, with the relatively debauched Zak Sally on bass duties. They have released (to date) six full-length albums, "I Could Live In Hope", "Long Division", the phenomenal "The Curtain Hits The Cast", "Songs For A Dead Pilot", "Secret Name" and "Things We Lost In The Fire".

They have also released a Christmas mini-album that's very much worth listening to.

Their releases are currently available on Tugboat Records in the UK and Kranky in the US.

"Berlin has the strange ability to make you write only the important things. Anything else you don't mention....and in the end you produce Low."

David Bowie's 1977 album represented another image and sound shift for the famous chameleon. The songwriting was recognizably Bowie, but the songs were fused with avant-garde electronic stylings and highly treated guitars, prophesizing the direction music would take in the next decade. It's a rock record, but one with a huge debt to the ambient and Kraut-rock Bowie immersed himself in after arriving in Berlin. The first half consists of brief rockers, featuring guitars and dissonant electronics. The second half is virtually entirely ambient and synthesized. David Bowie:

"I think the biggest influence on that album is the work of Kraftwerk, prior to Autobahn. The new German sound was really appealing to me: Can, Edgar Froese's band Tangerine Dream... not that band so much, but Edgar's solo things were really, I thought, were very evocative. And there is this ambient thing that was happening. And I tried to apply some of the randomness on it, again because I associated with it immediately because of my interest in random sound amd what you could do with this random sound..."

Nate gives Eno a tad too much of the credit for Low's ambient works; he only truly shares writing credits with Bowie on one song, "Warszawa". While it's not exactly Cluster & Eno, Eno was however a huge influence and a valuable collaborator, and played a number of instruments (mostly electronic) on the album. Bowie would come up with the ideas, and filter them through Eno, who had the prerequisite knowledge to make the sounds Bowie was looking for. Eno, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and other electronic musicians of the 1970s would go on to reach a larger audience, mostly due to Bowie's bringing their music to the foreground on Low and the two albums which followed. All in all, Low was one of the most influential and creative albums of the late '70s.

  1. Speed Of Life
  2. Breaking Glass
  3. What In The World
  4. Sound And Vision
  5. Always Crashing In The Same Car
  6. Be My Wife
  7. A New Career In A New Town
  8. Warszawa
  9. Art Decade
  10. Weeping Wall
  11. Subterraneans

"Sometimes you get so lonely..."

Low (?), obs

, strong imp. of Laugh.



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Low (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lowing.] [OE. lowen, AS. hlwan; akin to D. loeijen, OHG. hljan, hluojan.]

To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. Gray.


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Low, n.

The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.

Talking voices and the law of herds. Wordsworth.


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Low, n. [AS. hlaw; akin to Goth. hlaiw a grave, hlains a hill, and to E. lean to incline.]

A hill; a mound; a grave.

[Obs. except in place names.]



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Low (?), n. [Icel. log, logi; akin to E. light, n.]

Fire; a flame; a light.

[Scot. & Prov. Eng.]


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Low, v. i.

To burn; to blaze.

[Prov. Eng. & Scot.]



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Low (?), a. [Compar. Lower (?); superl. Lowest.] [OE. low, louh, lah, Icel. lagr; akin to Sw. l�x86;g, Dan. lav, D. laag, and E. lie. See Lie to be prostrate.]


Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.


Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.


Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.


Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.


Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.


Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.

7. Mus.

Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.

8. Phon.

Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, (m), (all). See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.


Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.


Numerically small; as, a low number.


Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.


Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes.

Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ? Milton.


Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.


Not elevated or sublime; not exalted or diction; as, a low comparison.

In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull. Felton.


Submissive; humble.

"Low reverence."



Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse; made low by sickness.


Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.


Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.


Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.

Low is often used in the formation of compounds which require no special explanation; as, low-arched, low- browed, low-crowned, low-heeled, low-lying, low-priced, low-roofed, low-toned, low-voiced, and the like.

Low Church. See High Church, under High. -- Low Countries, the Netherlands. -- Low German, Low Latin, etc. See under German, Latin, etc. -- Low life, humble life. -- Low milling, a process of making flour from grain by a single grinding and by siftings. -- Low relief. See Bas-relief. -- Low side window Arch., a peculiar form of window common in mediaeval churches, and of uncertain use. Windows of this sort are narrow, near the ground, and out of the line of the windows, and in many different situations in the building. -- Low spirits, despondency. -- Low steam, steam having a low pressure. -- Low steel, steel which contains only a small proportion of carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling. -- Low Sunday, the Sunday next after Easter; -- popularly so called. -- Low tide, the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its lowest point; low water. -- Low water. (a) The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the in a river, lake, etc. (b) Steam Boiler The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler. -- Low water alarm ∨ indicator Steam Boiler, a contrivance of various forms attached to a boiler for giving warning when the water is low. -- Low water mark, that part of the shore to which the waters recede when the tide is the lowest. Bouvier. -- Low wine, a liquor containing about 20 percent of alcohol, produced by the first distillation of wash; the first run of the still; -- often in the plural.


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Low, n. Card Playing

The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.


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Low, adv.


In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.


Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.


In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.


In time approaching our own.

In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds. Locke.


With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low.


The . . . odorous wind Breathes low between the sunset and the moon. Tennyson.


With a low musical pitch or tone.

Can sing both high and low. Shak.


In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice.


8. Astron.

In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; -- said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.


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Low (?), v. t.

To depress; to lower.




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