Home Read Classic Album Review: Low + Dirty Three | In the Fishtank

Classic Album Review: Low + Dirty Three | In the Fishtank

The slowcore pioneers & the bittersweet Aussie trio take a meditative journey.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The concept is intriguingly simple: Take two bands, let them have free rein in a studio for a couple of days and see how they fill up a half-hour of tape.

The results — at least in this case — are simply intriguing: Slowcore pioneers Low and bittersweet Aussie trio Dirty Three join forces to conjure half a dozen free-form, exploratory excursions to the dimly lit edges of their respective musical netherworlds. Warren Ellis’s scratchy violin, Mimi Parker’s haunting vocals and the lazily shambling grooves suggest Cowboy Junkies at their most elegiac and meditative — especially on a nine-minute, goosepimple-raising rendition of Neil Young’s Down By The River. Consider me hooked.