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Low in the Sky

Low in the Sky

Low in the Sky


'Akron, Ohio's Low in the Sky succeed in the electronic/instrumental hip-hop realm because they aren't trying to be groundbreaking, and they have no inclination to do so. Dear Birds boasts no thematic threads, maverick home studio fuckery, big name guests or cinematic intros, outros or segues. There's not a gimmick to be found here -- it's just a collection of twelve four minute songs that exist as ends unto themselves, and though its premise is none too exhilarating, its results are -- and then some. Read more on Last.fm
'Akron, Ohio's Low in the Sky succeed in the electronic/instrumental hip-hop realm because they aren't trying to be groundbreaking, and they have no inclination to do so. Dear Birds boasts no thematic threads, maverick home studio fuckery, big name guests or cinematic intros, outros or segues. There's not a gimmick to be found here -- it's just a collection of twelve four minute songs that exist as ends unto themselves, and though its premise is none too exhilarating, its results are -- and then some. Low in the Sky cover a remarkable amount of ground, both stylistic and emotional, over the album's course. Despite the fact that pretty much any of these beats would work well behind an MC, the group frequently accompanies them with rock trappings.

"Are You Right Here?" lives by a whirling slack rock guitar lead that summons an entire decade worth of alterna-giants, from Smashing Pumpkins to Mogwai, and the title track also stomps on the distortion pedal, climaxing with a gorgeous melody that could out-emote and overpower Explosions in the Sky any day. Cleaner, folkier guitars form closer "At the Source of the Longest River"'s meditative core. "Cool Sanson"'s jazzy interludes, "The Cowboy Natural"'s downtown funk and "Go Federal"'s spacious crackling vinyl drum track contrast the other songs' rock sensibilities and prove that this isn't just another case of guitars doing battle with samples. Narrative logic rules every song; there's always a clear beginning, middle and end, and the group never makes any irrational jumps along the way. Twist endings and hairpin turns abound, though, keeping the group's logic from hardening into a strict formula.

Similarly, Low in the Sky always paint with vivid, affecting hues, but they hold their brushes differently from one song to the next. The more rock-infused numbers ache to triumph and elicit a raised fist or two, while the deeper explorations into samples and electronics create a palpable feeling from their very lack of feeling, much like Hood do in their efforts to yoke pastoral contentment and urban introversion. It's always engaging stuff, and thankfully, Low in the Sky never try too hard to push the mood buttons.' - Splendid Magazine, 2005 For more information on Low in the Sky vist their label at PatternBased.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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