Sixtoes (feat. Dave Gahan) – Low Guns (Mute Records)
Cinematic folk music band, Sixtoes, release their new single. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
Coincidentally released as Depeche Mode perform the UK leg of their current tour, or sensibly released the week after Remembrance Day, Low Guns is a sweeping gem that will have you humming afterwards and eager to hear again.
Taken from their forthcoming second album, The Morning After, the track features vocals from Dave Gahan whom the group approached after remixing tracks from Depeche’s Sounds Of The Universe album.
Based in London, but with founder members David Greenep and Ben Roger originally from Cornwall, the group are now a six piece and were allegedly named after a band member revealed they had six toes on each foot.
You may not know the name but they’ve got excellent credentials – touring with Jamie T and remixing the Nick Cave side project Grinderman. They also played on Soulsavers‘ The Light The Dead Sea album (also featuring Gahan and widely acknowledged as his finest vocal performance). It’s easy to see why too. They’re a talented a lot as the sweeping string section on Low Guns demonstrates.
The track starts slowly with soft guitars and then gradually builds into a thunderous epic with rolling drums and heightened emotions. The video for the track is also fascinating, apparently filmed as a continuous seven second shot but then slowed down to create a creepy yet beautiful accompaniment.
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