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Commissioned to cover a whole David Bowie record, the band Disappears naturally chose Low, one of the absolute greats. They manage the challenge pretty effectively, simultaneously sounding close to the original record whilst also being audibly themselves. Their live rendition has been pressed to orange vinyl and packed in a PVC sleeve by Sonic Cathedral.


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Low: Live In Chicago by Disappears
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11 people love this record. Be the 12th!
7/10 Robin Staff review, 18 November 2015

Someone is always doing something to Low. It’s rarely David Bowie. I’m grappling with a meaninglessness as real as the final episode of LOST trying to ascertain the reasons post-punk misanthropists Disappears have decided to cover it in its entirety. But as a famous person I don’t agree with once said, art becomes better the less meaning it has. So hey: here’s Disappears doing a rote cover of ‘Low’ -- live.

I’m being pissy for no reason whatsoever, because this is a charmer of an album. Disappears take the source material they were commissioned -- Bowie’s best record, but only in theory -- and do fine work of honouring it, only slightly altering certain riffs with their trademark gothic tremble. The poignant guitar interplay of “Breaking Glass” remains, slightly askew, while Bowie’s “woah oh ohhhhs” are barked and growled for punk prosperity. The opening guitar of “What In The World” oscillates before the band quickly rush through it like it’s been imprinted in the back of their head since they formed their band.

It’s the scattershot ambience of ‘Low’, informed by Eno and Berlin and maybe taking a lot of baths, that makes the record one of Bowie’s choice cuts. You know that already, so let’s just say Disappears do it fine: under the scuffed live production, and with mostly a guitar band’s set-up to work with, they make it sound even more minimal, touching on nimble guitar motifs between profound and well-respected silences.

A fine release, and as you might expect, it’s no musical op-ed: this sounds thoroughly like ‘Low’. You know what it doesn’t sound like, though? Low. That’d be cool.


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