Mimi Parker, whose The lush soprano vocals and minimal drumming helped define the “slowcore” band Lo, who died after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Her husband, Lowe frontman Alan Sparhawk, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “Friends, it’s hard to put the universe into words and text, but… She passed away last night, surrounded by family and love, including you. Keep her name close and sacred. Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love is really the most important thing. “
In recent months, Lowe had to cancel many tour dates while Parker was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. “There have been hard days, but your love has sustained us and will carry us through this time,” Sparhawk wrote in an Oct. 7 Instagram message to fans. Parker said she was diagnosed with cancer in December 2020.
Parker and Sparhawk, a married couple who surprised reporters by talking about how they became Mormons, formed in 1993 at Low in Duluth, Minn. A number of bassists rounded out the trio, and were initially known for how slow they played. According to 1995 their inspirations Notice board The interview with Sparhawk was, “Eno, Joy Division and the boredom of living in Duluth.”
Their first album, 1994 I can live in hope, contained sparse arrangements and some songs moved at a slow pace, but for listeners who could pass the endurance test, the songs were beautiful. The melancholy, 10-minute “Lullaby,” which featured Parker’s drawn-out lyrics, can evoke both tears and longing. Parker’s drum kit at the time consisted only of a snare and a high hat.
Capturing the buzz of indie-rock fans for albums like 2001, the trio built its sound and picked up the pace a bit. Things we lost in the fire and 2005 numbers The Great Destroyer, the latter of which showcased Parker and Sparhawk’s vocal harmonies. Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was so moved of the great destroyer “Silver Rider”, singing along with the couple, he covered his song. Joy band the album.
After gaining momentum around 2001 with their cover of “Little Drummer Boy” featured in a Gap ad, they finally entered the pop charts with 2007. Drums and gunsAlthough they did not record their sound, they incorporated electronics into their studio work.
Their interest in electronica peaked in 2018, their last two albums Double negativeAnd last year hey what. Rolling Stone While retaining the poppy melodies, positive reviews praised the pair’s harmonies and highlighted Parker’s performance on “More”, giving the album a more experimental feel in its construction than previous Low LPs.
“The album’s best song, ‘More,'” the magazine wrote, “parker evokes a sense of a bittersweet life (‘I should’ve asked for more than what I got’) through heavy metal electronics but with la-la. -la’s rejection.” And Sparhawk screams, ‘aaa-ooooo’, making it taste bitter rather than completely harsh.
Parker felt that the band’s lack of success, especially during the grunge boom, gave them more creative space. “We try to reflect that success our entire career,” she told Vulture last year. “It has, frankly, allowed us to do whatever we want. It has given us the freedom to surprise ourselves and hope to surprise others too.