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Low’s ‘The Invisible Way’ Album Producer Jeff Tweedy Fills Big Shoes


Low have worked with a murderer’s row of producers. Along with indie-rock heavyweights like Steve Albini and Dave Fridmann, the Duluth, Minnesota, trio has recorded with Matt Beckley (Britney Spears, Ke$ha), Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow), and Tom Herbers (all things Twin Cities, including solo work by former Replacements and Hüsker Dü members). With 10th album The Invisible Way, due out on March 13 via Sub Pop, Low will add Jeff Tweedy to that list.

The Wilco frontman is no stranger to Low, having toured both with the band proper and its offshoot Retribution Gospel Choir. Only recently, however, did Low head into Wilco’s Chicago studio, the Loft, during a tour stop in the city. “What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on — big, simple, raw and intimate,” singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk said in a statement. “Plans were made then and there.”

Drummer-vocalist Mimi Parker sings lead on five of The Invisible Way‘s 11 songs. Sparhawk said the tracks are “about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology, and love.” They recorded the album at the Loft this fall with Tweedy producing, as first reported by the A/V Club, and Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright) engineering.

Accompanying the album announcement, Low have shared a video trailer for the album, which you can watch below. Also available is a six-song live set called Low – Plays Nice Places. Downloadable from the widget at the bottom of this post, the set features another prominent indie-rock alumnus, Benjamin Gibbard, on one song and includes a previously unreleased track called “Waiting.” Will it appear on The Invisible Way? We’re waiting to see.