Low and the Dirty Three
The violin of Warren Ellis can melt cinder blocks when it wants to, and Parker’s crooning is particularly refined here. The six songs combine the desolate, vast landscape of both bands at their minimalist best. There’s a nice cover of Neil Young’s “Down by the River” with a droning, experimental intro (song clocks at 9:35) that captures the foreboding tone of the song; the shudderingly beautiful “Invitation Day” showcases a rare melding of quiet female/male harmonies; and Sparhawk provides nice banjo work on the closing lament, “Lordy,” with the lyrics “Lordy, save my soul” beginning soft and lonely like a tumbleweed, then snowballing within layers of reverb into an avalanche of almost psychedelic proportions.
Fans of slow, electric folk musings full of languor and longing would appreciate this moving, low priced EP. "As quiet and dark as a steer’s tuchis on a moonless prairie night," as the cowboy said.