Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
After a much-too-long hiatus, the Australian instrumental trio known as Dirty Three return with the triumphant Toward The Low Sun. And it sounds like they never went away, as though Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar) and Jim White (drums) just walked back into the studio, plugged in and effortlessly conjured up that oceanic, achingly beautiful sound that only they can make. Thinking Dirty Three’s music is effortless is probably wrong, though — this kind of intimate, emotional interplay takes dedication, concentration and an almost telepathic bond between the musicians. It ain’t easy, in other words.
Toward The Low Sun doesn’t throw any major sonic curveballs, though there is a pleasant edginess sometimes lacking in previous releases, a tension that belies the elegiac tempos usually employed. Also very nice is the lulling flute (or is it a mellotron?) on the delicate “Ashen Snow.” And Mick Turner’s guitar on “That Was That” had me thinking for a moment that the band was jamming with Neil Young. A very good thing!
Let’s hope that this reunion isn’t just a one-off and that Dirty Three are back for good.