Dirty Three, Toward The Low Sun (2012)
I’m a Dirty Three fan – so I wanted to buy the new album when I knew it would be available on vinyl. I hoped for the best while preparing myself for the fact that it might not be that flash. But it’s great. One of their best. It’s been getting some lacklustre reviews – maybe some people feel they’ve heard it before. I think it’s a fresh start for them, a new stroll over old ground. The piece Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone, for example, is a career highlight to my ears. And I love the use of piano on this album. Also I’m pleased it’s back to instrumental focus. This is the band’s calling – this is where they are best. I didn’t really get into the vocal collaborations – nor the band trying to write songs. Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone – and lots of the Toward The Low Sun album – doesn’t even feel like music to me. It feels like the band was making a painting. Just using notes and instruments instead of paints and brushes. I interviewed Warren Ellis this one time a couple of years ago and no one really seemed to care.
Sample Track: Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone
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