Boomkat Product Review:
This package actually includes both vinyl and CD formats of Little Hours, Spokane's first new album in some four years. The Richmond, Virginia-based ensemble make Low sound like Slayer in their pursuit of gentle, half-whispered slowcore. Despite the band's orchestral scale, there's a restraint and quietness that prevents the record from ever really spilling over into bombast. Most of these songs are held together by delicate, simplified piano chords, augmented by a string section whose members seem to be competing with one another in an inconspicuousness contest. 'Minor Careers' is pretty much as loud as it gets, with a brushed drum kit keeping time whilst reverb-drenched vocals from Rick Alverson and Courtney Bowles intermingle with the rich, autumnal string textures. 'Building' is another of the more 'present'-sounding tracks, featuring shards of music box and a touch of electronic manipulation - it's all essentially an accumulation of gradual, small gestures over six-and-a-half beautiful minutes. Recommended.