Lowe’s Mimi Parker Dead After Battle With Cancer – Rolling Stone

Lowe’s Mimi Parker Dead After Battle With Cancer – Rolling Stone

Mimi Parker, whose lush soprano vocals and minimalistic drumming helped define the “slowcore” band Lowshe died after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Her husband, Low frontman Alan Sparhawk, confirmed the news on Twitter: “Friends, it’s hard to put the universe into language and into a short message, but… She passed away last night, surrounded by family and love, including yours. Keep her name close and holy. Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love really is the most important thing.”

In recent months, Low had to cancel many tour dates while Parker underwent treatment for ovarian cancer. “There have been hard days, but your love has sustained us and will continue to lift us through this time,” Sparhawk he wrote in a message on Instagram fans on October 7. Parker said she was diagnosed with cancer in December 2020.

Parker and Sparhawk, a married couple who surprised reporters by talking about how Mormons they are, founded Low in Duluth, Minn. in 1993. A number of bass players rounded out the trio, which was initially known for how slow they played. Their inspiration, according to and in 1995 Billboard interview with Sparhawk, were “There, Joy Division and the boredom of living in Duluth.”

Their debut album from 1994 I can live in hope, featured sparse arrangements with some songs moving at speed, but for listeners who could pass the endurance test, the songs were beautiful. The plaintive, 10-minute “Lullaby,” which showcased Parker’s drawn-out lyrics, can evoke both tears and a sense of longing. Parker’s drum kit at the time contained only a snare and a high-hat.

The trio built their sound and upped the ante a bit, garnering buzz from indie-rock fans for albums like 2001. The things we lost in the fire and in 2005 A large destroyer, the latter of which featured Parker and Sparhawk’s vocal harmonies. Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was moved A large destroyer “The Silver Rider” which depicts a couple singing in tandem, yes he covered the song on his Band of Joy album.

After getting a boost from their cover of “Little Drummer Boy” that appeared in a Gap ad around 2001, they finally hit the pop charts in 2007. Drums and weaponsthough they haven’t compromised their sound, incorporating electronic instruments into their studio work.

Their interest in electronica peaked on their last two albums in 2018 Double Negativeand last year’s hey what. The rolling stone gave the latter album, which was more experimental in its construction than the previous Low LPs, and retained the poppy melodies, positive reviewpraising the pair’s harmony and highlighting Parker’s performance on “More” as exceptional.

“The album’s best track, ‘More,'” the magazine writes, “features Parker making sense of a bitter life (‘Should have asked for more than what I got’) over heavy-metal electronica, but with a ‘la-la’-la ‘ choruses and Sparhawk howling, ‘aaa-ooooo’, making it more bittersweet than downright edible.”

Parker felt that the fact that the band did not have much success, especially during the grunge boom, allowed them more creative space. “We would try to repeat that success throughout our career,” she said Vultures last year. “It’s honestly allowed us to do whatever we want. It gave us the freedom to surprise ourselves and hopefully others.”

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