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#003 Leslie Low – Time of Rebirth (live)

Photo by Julia

Photo by Julia

October 2002. Three years after the last Humpback Oak album and nary a whimper from the band. Have they broken up? Then a solo Leslie Low reappears in public and presents a new song at the old Substation garden that couldn’t be more appropriately titled…

Leslie eventually records “Time of Rebirth” with his present band The Observatory and it appears on their demo (2003) and first album (2004), but here is the song as some of us first heard it: the delicate picking, the comfort croon, collected wisdom in a guileless lullaby. This is music that quakes with such quiet fragility that just as the man begins playing, a motorcycle passing by on Stamford Road threatens to swallow him up in its gaping roar– instead, through some fortuitous twist of shape, human and machine weld in respectful accommodation. On this bootleg, the souped-up engine sounds like the reverberations of an anxious snare drumming up a lead-in to Leslie’s first words… “Count the mistakes… the chances we take…”

Two months later, The Observatory is unveiled at the inaugural Baybeats Festival as a trio consisting of Leslie, Vivian Wang and Dharma.

mp3: Leslie Low – Time of Rebirth (live at I’m Not Kylie Minogue, Oct 5, 2002)

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3 Responses to “#003 Leslie Low – Time of Rebirth (live)”


  1. August 4, 2008 at 3:54 am

    wow i’ll love to listen to this one! (and reminds me, i really miss my demo copy of time of rebirth. where oh where is it??!)

    (you’ll have to click the “share” button after you upload on this new mediafire interface to get the sharable link. the one you put can’t be accessed)

  2. 2 acidmark
    August 4, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    my demo copy of time of rebirth doesn’t play so well in my computer :( i’m really sick of cd-r releases- many don’t last past 5 years or less

    (thanks for the alert! i’ve fixed up the link)

  3. 3 lollypobble
    August 13, 2008 at 6:08 am

    mine died too, unitywong. :(


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