Recorded in a Former Catholic Church, aka Sacred Heart Studio, C'Mon Features Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline!
C'mon is the shortest title of any Low album, which seems fitting, as it also
ranks among the most succinct and straightforward entries in their variegated
discography. Singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk has even perfected the "elevator
pitch" for C'mon: "Recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an
apartment in Hollywood, CA." But that brief synopsis hides universes.
Comprised of new material written on and off the road, the ten-song set was
recorded in a former Catholic church, aka Sacred Heart Studio (where the band
previously crafted 2002's Trust) and co-produced and mixed by Matt Beckley. The
band took full advantage of Sacred Heart's high, vaulted ceilings, natural
reverb, and audible affinity for organ sounds and group singing. The
thunder-crack percussion that peppers the final minute of the slowly unfolding
"Majesty/Magic" is just one example of this dynamic in action. With its jangly
guitars and sweet vocal harmonies, opener "Try to Sleep" sets the album's tone:
Warmer, fuller and more introspective. Whereas 2007's Drums and Guns railed
against the war in Iraq, C'mon feels like a plea for humanity, decency and
common sense in a world gone mad. Sparhawk concurs. "With the last couple of
records, we were grappling with something outside of ourselves. This one feels
more like, 'Well, forget that. I'm looking in your eyes right now, and we need
to figure out how to get through the next moment, together, as human beings.'"
Without curtailing their artistry one iota, the trio has made one of its
most accessible, affecting albums to date. And while the origins of C'mon may
lie in a church in Minnesota, Beckley's apartment in CA and the hearts of the
modest individuals who created it, the resulting music has the capacity to
resonate deeply with audiences everywhere.
• Vinyl LP
• Includes Coupon for a Limited Time Free Download of mp3s of the Entire Album!
Alan Sparhawk, guitar, vocals
Mimi Parker, drums, vocals
Steve Garrington, bass guitar
Nels Cline, lap steel, guitar
Caitlin Moe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), violin
1. Try to Sleep
2. You See Everything
5. Especially Me
9. Nothing But Heart
10. Something’s Turning Over