Low announces new album Hey What and a 2022 tour that comes to World Cafe Live - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Minimalist Minnesota indie band Low will release its 13th studio album this September via Sub Pop Records, and the band announced a tour behind it for spring 2022 that brings them to World Cafe Live in March.

Hey What finds some changes and some consistencies for the long-running, meditative project of guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker; their bassist of the past decade, Steve Garrington, has departed the band, but they’ve continued working with producer BJ Burton, who teamed up with them on their last two records.

Based on the song released this week, Burton and Low are further chasing the sound design experiments that began on 2018’s haunting Double Negative LP — “Days Like These” begins with light keys and otherwise unaccompanied vocals; it’s almost hymnal, until a drifting guitar enters late in the verse. The song resets post-chorus and it’s a massive blowout of distortion and dissonance, with the static fray dropping for brief moments to let the clean and crystalline vocals through. The song ends in a meditative ambient zone, and if this is “the single,” I’m totally intrigued to hear what the rest of the record sounds like.

Watch the “Days Like These” music video below. Low performs at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, March 29th, and tickets are on sale today at 10 a.m. More information can be found here, the band’s tour schedule can be found below, and the latest in Philadelphia area concert news can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Tour Dates
03-22 Bloomington, IN – Bishop
03-25 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
03-26 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
03-28 Washington, D.C. – Miracle Theatre
03-29 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03-31 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04-01 Providence, RI – Columbus Theater
04-02 Montreal, Quebec – Theatre Fairmount
04-04 Toronto, Ontario – The Axis Club
04-05 Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
04-08 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
04-25 Edinburgh, Scotland – Queen’s Hall
04-26 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
04-27 Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral
04-28 Brighton, England – St. George’s Church Brighton
04-29 London, England – St. John at Hackney Church
04-30 Bristol, England – Trinity
05-02 Paris, France – Alhambra
05-03 Cologne, Germany – Kulturkirche Köln
05-04 Antwerp, Belgium – TRIX
05-05 Amsterdam, Netherland – Paradiso
05-06 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
05-07 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
05-09 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
05-10 Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
05-11 Vienna, Austria – Wuk
05-12 Bologna, Italy – Teatro Duse
05-13 Lausanne, Switzerland- Les Docks
05-14 Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
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