Video: Low – “Try to Sleep” (feat. John Stamos)
The first time I ever heard of the Minnesota based band Low was not even a week ago. Tristan and I were hosting The New Music Show, rummaging through the dozens of sub-par, sometimes very sub-par, CDs we get sent to the station, when I spotted an album with nothing more than the out-of-focus drummer you see above. I’m a fan of unorthodox album covers, so when Tristan explained that this ‘slowcore’ band also had some vibe-y music, I was pretty excited. We played a track or two on the show, it was good stuff, and then tossed their CD aside, not giving it further thought. Fast forward five days, and you can imagine my surprise when I see this band, lost in obscurity to me for the longest time, is not only popular enough to get mentioned on Entertainment Weekly’s website, but also important enough to snag John Stamos (Uncle Jesse!) as the lead for their album’s first video, “Try to Sleep”.
“Try to Sleep” is a moody, minimalist love song, which invokes almost too many emotions for its soundscape feel. The video is also pretty moody, showing nothing more than John Stamos and his love ‘driving’ in 50s style. Its ending is dismal and unexpected, but it definitely solidifies the feeling/mood/vibes I was getting. The border-line substance-less video and song work well together, and, let’s be honest, a sulking John Stamos is kind of fun to watch. Check out the video at EW.com.