July 22, 2007
If New Adventures In Hi-Fi is a sort of travelogue, and “Zither” is the sound of aimless downtime between destinations, “Low Desert” is the song about actually being on the road, moving down endless highways. It’s not about being in a traveling band — it’s pretty clearly about a person driving on their own, and finding their way out of something or other. There are hints about what they are leaving behind, but it’s not as important as the fact that they’re moving on to something else. Some albums have title tracks, but “Low Desert” is more like the cover track of Hi-Fi — its title matches the arid expanse of the front sleeve on a literal level, but the photograph also evokes the same feeling of restlessness and wanderlust as the rickety, spacious sound of the song.