For a while there, LOW was pretty much the best band that you’d never heard of working in America. Like a secret that the indie-rock world was keeping, this spare and lovely thing hid quietly amongst a million screaming guitars. Some people heard them, maybe, on that Joy Division tribute album Means To An End, where they did this version of “Transmission,” at once lugubrious and beautiful, slowed down well beyond even Ian Curtis’ depressive tempo. Or maybe people bought Long Division or I Could Live in Hope. But apparently none of them worked for Rolling Stone or MTV. So you didn’t hear much about Low. Even though you should have. Now they’ve put out a new album, as quietly as the last one, called The Curtain Hits the Cast, and it’s just as good as their other albums. Which is to say: it’s gorgeous.

There are three people in Low: husband and wife Mimi Parker, who sings and does percussion,

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