MP3: New Dirty Three Track


“Rising Below” comes
from Toward the Low Sun.


By Blurt Staff


Just over a month ago Australia’s
Dirty Three announced they were prepping their first album in seven years, Toward the Low Sun, for a Feb. 28
release on Drag City.  “The crusty troika are back!”
they crowed.


Today the band unveiled the first track from the record, “Rising





The label kindly provided a bit of backstory for those of
you who came in late:



It’s been a wicked dry
spell of seven years since the filthy unit of Mick Turner, Jim White, and Warren
Ellis graced the world with a full-length of any kind.
In recent
years, Ellis, White and Turner have been busy, playing with others including Nick
Cave, Grinderman, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, PJ Harvey, Nina Nastasia, White Magic,
Bill Callahan, and Cat Power, making solo records, and, of course, there’s
Warren’s soundtrack collaborations with Mr. Cave
(“The Road,”
“Proposition,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.“), all the while generally seeing and
feeling the world on their own terms.


All this is reflected
in the power and the glory of
Toward the Low Sun. Returning to the basic formula for the Dirty Three, the labor and
decision-making is divined evenly and democratically as they improvise themselves
into the heart of the moment. The sounds of traditional music are glimpsed in Warren’s violin as he
saws away at something that kind of tightens our chest and give us that ol’
thousand-yard stare. Mick wanders hollow-bodied from abstract and dreamy to
punishing hard chord rock in the space of a breath, never sacrificing a sense
of the awesome along the path. And Jim . . . There are drummers and time, and
then there’s Jim White. He’s doing something that no one else does back there.
Plus, he’s drumming! Each takes the lead as the untidy trio trip lightly and
jazzily from etude to still life to exploding the air into flames around us
with just a violin, electric guitar and trap kit. Don’t shade your eyes! Look Toward
the Low Sun and you will know once again the burn of the Dirty Three.



So there you have it. Watch this space for further



1. Furnace Skies

Sometimes I Forget You’re Gone

Moon On the Land

4. Rising

The Pier

Rain Song

That Was Was

Ashen Snow

You Greet Her Ghost





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