Dive and Slide into the Blue LP

by Low Duo

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released April 22, 2013

Written and performed by Adam and Leigh Greenwood
Recorded at Alchemy Studios, London, by Kenny Jones

Reviews for far:

"They really are doing something different... and what they've produced is outstanding."
(Emily Brinnand, The Guardian 'New Band Up North')

"Unofficially: I’ve been a huge fan of Leigh and Adam’s work ever since clapping ears on their supremely melancholy It Was You and Me in January 2011. They’ve been session guests on 6 Music Introducing and if the lean, atmospheric and understated stylings of this new song appeal to you half as much as they do to me, don’t hesitate: nip along to www.lowduo.co.uk and buy the album. Now."
(Tom Robinson, BBC6Music)

"We’ve long been a fan of Adam and Leigh Greenwood’s prickly, agonising understatement and dramatic folk minimalism, and you should be too!"
(Robert Cooke, Drowned in Sound)

"A really great line of well-crafted emotional pop."
(Gill Mills, Amazing Radio)

"Really great music."
(James Tugwell, British Library Sound Archive)

"It does indeed sound like a few demons were exorcised in the making of this album, and maybe it has been enough to fix both heart and thumb...it's unlikely that Low Duo are planning a follow-up just yet, but should they ever suffer from writer's block, we know a bloke with a crowbar who we can send round."
(Kev, The Sound of Confusion)

"If you’ve not encountered Low Duo yet, this is the perfect distillation of their magic – pervasive dread cloaked in some of the most complete songwriting Sheffield has seen in a long time."
(Jonathan Scott, Exposed Magazine)

"Both Greenwood brothers reveal the full extent of their talent time eight songs by turns disarming, touching and poignant.. Low Duo strength lies in its ability to change the atmosphere does not fall into a certain inherent monotony often in the form of the duo. The acoustic piano and make their appearance and the charm works again. Superb!!!"
(Gwen, Kfuel Radio, France)

"There are few words to capture the emotion but the tone in Leigh’s voice manages to draw you into the sense of loss alongside Adams racing guitar riffs... it’s what Low Duo do best. ... The Greenwood brothers have the ability to bring out the most of every single sound recorded without the need for high spec production, its back to basics and it certainly works with their own style."
(Jenny McCambridge, Counterfeit Magazine)

"Low Duo is one of the bands I feel in love with when we started up SYFFAL. Their music is awesome."
(Tim, SYFFAL)

"Hauntingly beautiful."
(Christian Carlisle, BBC Radio Sheffield)

"The darkness within this music is beautifully crafted to give a subtle yet awe-inspiring effect."
(Abigail Suter, Alternative Music Press)

"Mournful arpeggios that become desperate strums and a voice that needs to scream, but simply soothes away the pain by low whimpers and loud harmonising."
(Sam, Sloucher)

"The two brothers from Sheffield have a natural synchronisation....standing in a dimly lit room listening to sad songs might not sound like a typical Saturday night, but by the end the crowd appeared to be strangely uplifted."
(Paul Robson, Now Then)

"Teasingly, there is a big sound right on the edge of these tunes. The arrangements and lyrics sum up a confident emerging talent. This album will not disappoint; a collection of mature songs and a sound that deserves to be broadcast more widely."
(Simon Bell, Now Then)

"The band sound wild, with all the earnestness, calm and savagery that that would imply. It’s what Bon Iver’s debut album might have sounded like had he not been obsessed with girls and instead run naked through the woods every day."
(Sachin, Anywhere in Albion)

"They make ambitious indie-rock considering the only instruments used are one guitar, and on first listen, the album previews for Dive and Slide into the blue, are very good."
(Jim, Backseat Mafia)

"Low Duo is an interesting prospect. The pair is solely comprised of brothers Adam and Leigh Greenwood, who bring a minimalistic, lo-fi sound of simply a guitar and vocals....alternative pop melodies with some dark undertones...Low Duo fit the bill perfectly".
(Dougal Mackenzie, Hooting and Howling Magazine)

"Low Duo thoroughly impressed me...with their melancholy, intriguing brand of pop. As they performed ‘Born into a spider’, never before has the plight of an arachnid hit such a chord within me."
(Nathan Page, Sheffield Pulse)

"It pays off well when the band capture a Sparklehorse-esque folk vibe and at its best the album sounds like a lost radio broadcast coming from a deep forest"
(Sachin, BearFood)

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Low Duo Sheffield, UK

Two brothers from Sheffield UK who write ambitious alternative pop music with just one guitar & one voice.

Since forming in 2010 they've been Guardian 'new band of the day', recorded a live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music & had support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, XFM & Drowned in Sound, and now secured a sync deal with The Suicide Girls franchise.

Low Duo release EP 6 in 2016
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Track Name: Keep your sparkle in the pain
Half dead like old silhouettes, or cold pirouettes
With paper girls
Don’t let them linger, you’ll burn your fingers
It’s a cruel world

Keep your sparkle in the pain
Cos when you have lost love once, it won’t come round again for a while
Tear your sorrow from the blame
Cos when you’ve found your feet once, you can find them again and then
Again and then again

You stand, a man in limbo, behind the window
The curtains drawn, morning to dawn
Put on a plaster, you’ll heal faster
Faster than a swarm, of bees in a storm

Keep your sparkle in the pain
Cos when you have lost love once, it won’t come round again for a while
Tear your sorrow from the blame
Cos when you’ve found your feet once, you can find them again in a while
Track Name: Circus Blues
By the derelict bridge there once lived a house
With a pretty girl who took me out
To play at the fair

In the chaos and lights of the litterpick fields
We were terrified of the big wheel
But nobody cared

Circus stripes, blur the eyes
The fire keeps us warm
Stood in line, then back to mine
You're sweet without the corn

Blue, dive and slide into the blue

On the top of the hill I took the wrong way
Now my body hurts when I hear you say
That I was so cruel

Memory is select so how can you choose
To forget all that I made with you?
You’re making me blue

Circus stripes, blur the eyes
The fire keeps us warm
Stood in line, then back to mine
You're sweet without the corn

Blue, dive and slide into the blue
Blue, dive and slide into the blue
Blue, blue, blue, now I’ll be never be with you
Blue, blue, blue, blue
Track Name: Winter
On a bleak, bitter winters day I stood with a smile
As our weak withered hands did strain to touch for a while

And as the smoke poured from her mouth
I watched her pretty feet slide in the rain
But in a battle of self-doubt
The lines were drawn and she won’t ever change

As the frost, slowly bites her lips we kiss in the white
Of the lost, lonely ice that grips our hands in delight

And as the smoke poured from her mouth
I watched her pretty feet slide in the rain
But in a battle of self-doubt
The lines were drawn and she won’t ever change
Track Name: Born into a Spider (free)
I was born into a spider
A shadow on a ledge
In pain, cold rain
I crawl up through your drain
Unsteady on my legs

As someone started screaming
The smoke began to spray
Can't breathe, I heave
I watch you die and I grieve
And then I rush and run away

Long legged lover
All eight legs inside my bed
There'll be no others
My spider heart has been torn apart

I saw your body lying
Just crumpled in a heap
Two flies, goodbyes
There was a smirk in their eyes
And then I lost you to your sleep

Long legged lover
All eight legs inside my bed
There'll be no others
My spider heart has been torn apart

You were my perfect spider
I'd lose eight legs to find you x3
Track Name: Doubts (free)
There’s water in her eyes
In a minute she will cry and then you’ll almost drown
She wants to settle down but a doubt is a doubt

It’s rushing through her heart
Like a wave and when it starts you’ll be washed away
Nothing is here to stay when a doubt is a doubt

Ooooh doubts. Ooooh doubts. Ooooh doubts.
Track Name: Eagle
Like an eagle that flies
By a damaged wing
Your feathers have dried
So I’ll stop circling
And I’ll swoop
Slow motion loop

Though we’re not flying
We’re still smiling, when we pick birds off the floor
But when they look and fly away
Then we start crying and we keep crying
Until we can’t cry anymore

Body ravaged but I’m
Strong enough to slay
Savage beacon of light
Piercing my prey
And with my beak
Tear bones from meat

Though we’re not flying
We’re still smiling, when we pick birds off the floor
But when they look and cry away
Then we start flying and we keep flying
Until we can’t fly anymore
Track Name: Bloodhound
This bloodhound and the scent upon your neck
On the ground, it’s not over, it’s not happened yet

Sometimes a love can come easy
Sometimes it can kick you in your gut
Sometimes you’re trying to feel things
Sometimes two lovers just fall out of love

Oooooh, oooooh tonight
Oooooh, oooooh tonight

Don’t need sound, I’ll track you with my nose
And sniff you out, I’ve not found you, but I’m getting close

Sometimes a love can come easy
Sometimes it can kick you in your gut
Sometimes you’re trying to feel things
Sometimes two lovers just fall out of love

Oooooh, oooooh
Oooooh, oooooh
Oooooh, oooooh
Oooooh, oooooh