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LOW SUN – ‘Reservoir Of Impermanent Bliss’ Review

LOW SUN – Reservoir Of Impermanent Bliss

Low SunToronto band Low Sun‘s new album, Reservoir Of Impermanent Bliss, just hit our turntable and we loved the seven tracks for their noise, variety and unique sound. From the Opening, Two Paths, with its trippy shoegaze vibe and big power chords, it is clear that this is a different approach than many we have heard recently.

Sacred Grove opens with a guitar, spoken word vocals before the drums power in as the band channel Black Sabbath and create a wall of sound betraying the fact that they are a twosome.  The track circles and circles burrowing deeper and deeper into your soul!

Next up is I Love Everything (I Do Not Have) where Low Sun channel a slowed down Husker Du with a 1960’s trippy feel but full of power and raw energy. Into Sun has a My Bloody Valentine approach and sees the band belt out some serious noise all at a slow pace.

Next up is Round Soul we are treated to a bluesy rocker replete with walls of noise, pounding drum-beat and pleading vocal. The track delivers on some powerful shogaze riffs and it’s a corker of a song! Round Soul has also been released as a single (listen below).

The penultimate track, Quiet Wave, pummels along to an engaging riff and big choruses and it sets up the closing track, A Fearless Past. Opening with some Indian guitar and mellow vocals, the song builds and builds with a restrained (straining at the leash) power.

Low Sun reflect on the recording…

Our friend/collaborator/label-mate Joucous has a family cottage in Smiths Falls, ON so we decided to head up there since it was late winter and no one would be on the lake. It was supposed to be a relaxing and poetic sort of experience, but it turned out to be one of the worst cold-snaps of the winter. We spent three days trying to keep the tape recorder warm enough so it wouldn’t break and ate frozen food since we couldn’t turn on the oven or microwave or else the breakers would go and our heaters would turn off. Essentially, we were trapped in a single room without running water or warmth until we finished the thing. On the final day of recording a snow storm pulled in so we had to finish the last tracks as fast as possible before getting trapped at the house for another night without food or water. We were watching the snow pile up faster and faster while we tried to wrap stuff up. Time was of the essence to say the least.

“We were more concerned with surviving than recording at the time but I think the songs came out well. At night you could hear the ice breaking on the lake and it sounded like the earth was opening up…”

Check out Reservoir Of Impermanent Bliss by Low Sun here: https://low–sun.bandcamp.com/album/reservoir-of-impermanent-bliss