Best of 2020
The quite possibly final utterance from the Low Company crew rather fittingly comes in the form of North London's long dead and gone, I Can, I Can't, a blink and you'll miss 'em outfit with members now spread amongst a load of other obscuro London-based DIY noisemakers. The eight tracks here all stem back to 2009 and comprise the sum-total of their recorded existence, which as with LC's own disappearance, is quite frankly a little bit of a shame. As you might expect, the mic-in-the-corner-of-the-room fidelity is shoddy as all hell and brilliantly disorientating because of it, songs spiralling off at strange tangents and on bloody-minded whims. Good few reference points spring to mind, most of them in that '79-84 sweetspot before DIY ossified into 'Indie' - Swell Maps, Five Go Down to the Sea, George Harassment, L. Voag - and there's a good bit of the Shadow Ring and Graham Lambkin in here too. I haven't just listed all the best bands for no reason... Not entirely sure this was all meant to see the light of the day, but this is great private universe fare, perfectly flawed snapshots into polluted creative minds. Spot on closing salvo from LC it seems. So long, farewell (for now?).