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Low – “Into You” (Singles Going Steady)

Twenty years later, Low still travels at the speed of silence, utilizing time and space as instruments equally worthy of their otherworldly harmonies.

Stephen Wyatt: Twenty years later, Low still travels at the speed of silence, utilizing time and space as instruments equally worthy of their otherworldly harmonies. Mimi Parker delivers moments of peace in whispers on “Into You” and explodes over the classically-formed minimalism Alan Sparkhawk constructed during in the era of grunge. Even today Low sounds more like an antidote to overproduced pop and EDM. The sparse electronics carefully instruct today’s musicians about how the less-is-more philosophy still reigns as pop music’s perfect prescription. [9/10]

Ian King: If the current state of popular music ever gets you down (see Coldplay’s latest flavorless offering), think about the fact that Low are still around after over twenty years, making music this stark and lovely and vital, with Mimi Parker’s voice still more than capable of freezing you in place and lifting you by the scruff of the neck like a kitten. [7/10]

Maria Schurr:: Ones and Sixes was one of my favorite albums of the past year, and this song gives as good an argument as any as to why it’s such a lovely listen. Mimi Parker’s vocals are a thing of beauty on their own, but lately I’ve been thoroughly hypnotized by the percussive pattern, the slow and steady woodblock that is sometimes amplified by well placed (possibly processed?) handclaps. Who says slow core can’t be uplifting? [8/10]

Steve Horowitz: Slow, I mean Low, have always taken things at a mellow pace. The song sounds stuck in molasses. That’s fine if one’s in need of deep relaxation. The video opens the curtain to what is happening, but it still puts a screen up as if mystification equals art. [4/10]

Dustin Ragucos: First things first: Low’s Ones and Sixes is a brilliant poison dagger through the skin. It’s a honey trap that absolutely convinces. With this video, Low become the conjurers of a tiny sphere containing all the emotion in the world. They don’t need large movements because their small ones contain more than sufficient gravity. “Into You” must be a thing to capture live in order to really feel Low’s hands break through your chest and hurt you from the inside. [8/10]

Jedd Beaudoin: Bless this lot. Perfect atmosphere, perfect emotions and execution. Why don’t I love this band more? [10/10]

Chad Miller: Catches your attention as soon as the vocals come in with “I can’t explain/ The slowing of my brain”. The melody is really pretty, and the accompanying music is very relaxing. It’s also sweetly sad as lines like “It flows right into you/ Right through the tomb” come into play. It’s a poignant moment in the song that stands out so easily amidst the music. However, with the music being so similar the whole time, the song could have done without the final stanza or the ending “La La La” section, although it doesn’t detract from the appeal by too much. [7/10]

SCORE: 7.57


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