First-time vinyl and electronic release for Low's 'imaginary film soundtrack' EP (originally released in 2000, a year before the seminal album 'Things we Lost in the Fire'). Largely instrumental, 'The Exit Papers' was definitely one of Low's more experimental records. The band sent copies of this out to movie executives in the hope of securing soundtrack-writing work. Purchase also includes download code.
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You'd think that Low would be the perfect band to write film soundtracks so it's quite remarkable to find out that that they haven't done any to date. They did try between 'Secret Name' and 'Things We Lost in the Fire' with this 'The Exit Papers' series of pieces which were originally meant for soundtrack consideration and were subsequently released on the Travel in Constants series on Temporary Residence.
What you get is pretty much what you'd expect from such a venture. This is Low devoid mainly of vocals and with some more eerie atmospheres added to give that particular soundtracky vibe. Some pieces are much more ambient than we are used to 'Exit Papers 4' for example is a series of undulating and rather terrifying drones. 'Exit Papers 5' is a churning instrumentals with discordant violins that much more recalls the work of Godspeed You! Black Emperor than anything Low has tried in the past but 'Exit Papers 1' is unmistakably Low with it's slowly rising guitar patterns and delicious wordless vocals. It's very easy to imagine this becoming a fully fledged Low tune.
All in all it's the perfect soundtrack to the sort of cold winter nights Low are used to at their Duluth headquarters and a nice understated addition to their catalogue of excellent albums.
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