Minnesota-based Low were swimming against the tide in 1994. This alt band’s music was quiet and restrained, unlike the surround sound of Nirvana, Pavement, Jon Spencer, Blur and Oasis. Singer-songwriter Alan Sparhawk’s creations were quickly dubbed “slowcore” by the music press. Their debut album I Could Live in Hope set out a genre template. The song ‘Down’ will help the unaccustomed to understand what indie sadness sounded like in 1994.