Saved events


+ Hilary Woods

Low sit at a wooden table in an empty bar

Songs of flux, confusion and empowerment; the Minnesotan trio perform their new record Double Negative alongside songs from across their 25 year career.

Distorting their Americana-tinged vocals with glitches and drones, Double Negative signals a continuation of a more electronic approach, taking their indie-rock sound in a distinctive direction. Reflecting on a changing America – a country they say they hardly recognise anymore – this disruption and upheaval is felt throughout the record as their mutated guitar songs become more unsettling and harder to place.

Alongside other so-called ‘slowcore’ bands such as Codeine, Galaxie 500 and Bedhead, Low stood out from the grunge-dominated guitar music scene of the early nineties with delicate, spatial indie-rock records. Mimi Parker’s minimal drums set the tone for Alan Sparhawk’s guitar to gently pick over steady grinding basslines, all illuminated by heavenly vocal harmonies.

Hilary Woods opens performing music from her debut album Colt.

This concert will start promptly at the advertised start time of 7.30pm. 

Approximate running time 3 hours including interval.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Eat Your Own Ears

‘Low have never made a record quite so jarring and jagged… Low have made what might be their most relevant album, one that holds a mirror up to the world.‘
‘It sounds as though the group are literally trying to convey the sky falling‘
‘Not since Bon Iver's reinvention or even Radiohead's Kid A have a relatively mainstream band made such an assured volte-face. Fierce and beautiful.‘
Record Collector
‘This is the sound of Low finding extremity in a new, thrilling way.‘


album cover of low's new album disarray

Listen: Low - Disarray

Listen to Low's new single, Disarray, from the album 'Double Negative'.


Barbican Recommends

Listen: Barbican Recommends

Not sure what to listen to? Every month we update our Barbican Recommends Spotify playlist with what we've been listening to in the office. Expect everything from Punk to Jungle to Classical.

Barbican Hall