Low, “The Plan” (Can I hold it?)

This rich new New Yorker piece on Alan Sparkhawk — about the death of his late wife and Low partner Mimi Parker and the music he’s been making since — sent me back to band’s incomparable catalogue.

There was a stretch of months in 2003 when I’d started a new writing job at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and I’d play Low’s album “The Curtain Hits the Cast” over and over at a low volume in my little office; it was the soundtrack to my days in a new job in a returned-to city.

Here’s that record’s transcendent song “The Plan”:

Here’s a live version from April 2007, perfectly fuzzy and just out of reach of mere mortals:

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