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Low & Dirty Three


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Amsterdam, Netherlands (1999 – 1999)

In November 1999 Konkurrent invited Low to record one of Konk’s in house Fishtank-sessions. Low, being familiar with the series, accepted. In the spirit of “In the Fishtank” Low took things a step further and extended the invitation to their friends Dirty Three to collaborate on the session which took place when both bands played the multi-media festival Crossing Border in Amsterdam.

One can imagine that this created quite a hectic scene when the actual recording took place. While Low where soundchecking, Dirty Three got off the plane on Schiphol Airport. And when Dirty Three were busy doing overdubs, Low did a wonderful show at the festival. Through it all both bands kept their legendary cool, and recorded, faster than anyone could have guessed, six basic songs. The combination of Low’s open, desolate sound and the melancholic yet folky violin of Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis inspired Mimi to indulge in a more crooning way of singing and Alan to play some amazing banjo. Low’s open minds and the way Dirty Three perfectly fit in, makes this Fishtank the record you would expect from such wonderful bands.

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