For several years now, Amsterdam's Konkurrent has given visiting bands the opportunity to make EP-length discs as part of an experimental live-in-the-studio series dubbed "In the Fishtank." American "

For several years now, Amsterdam's Konkurrent has given visiting bands the opportunity to make EP-length discs as part of an experimental live-in-the-studio series dubbed "In the Fishtank." American "sad-core" trio Low and the Australian-bred, Gypsy-minded instrumental trio the Dirty Three came together in Konkurrent's fishtank while on tour in Holland last year, and the impromptu sextet yielded this six-track, 30-minute set of spartan poetics. Low's somnabulant tendencies here are tempered by the Dirty Three's edgy sonorities, specifically the quietly keening violin of Warren Ellis. The album's centerpiece is a nearly 10-minute version of Neil Young's murder ballad "Down by the River," with the song elongated and intensified into a tensely ambient, Appalachian-toned lament. The five originals also seem to channel dark, lonely mountain music, whether in dirges ("Invitation Day," the Ellis-led instrumental "Cody"), hymns ("I Hear Goodnight," "When I Called Upon Your Seed"), or the odd revival-tent rave-up ("Lordy," with Low guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk at his most unfettered). Belying its off-the-cuff making, this disc courses with a dynamic, fully formed mood—sounding like a Blueridge revue on barbiturates. Distributed in the U.S. by Touch and Go.—BB