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Tributes to Mimi Parker, the drummer and vocalist of the pioneering slowcore group Low, got here pouring in when her husband and bandmate, Alan Sparhawk, introduced her loss of life on Low’s social media Sunday morning (November 6). Parker handed away Saturday evening at 55 after an extended battle with ovarian most cancers.
“Mates, it’s onerous to place the universe into language and into a brief message, however she handed away final evening, surrounded by household and love, together with yours,” Sparhawk wrote. “Hold her title shut and sacred. Share this second with somebody who wants you. Love is certainly crucial factor.”
Parker grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota and moved to Duluth for school. She and Sparhawk met in grade college, began relationship in highschool, and married a number of years later. They based Low within the spring of 1993, recording and performing with a rotating solid of bassists all through their practically 29 years as a gaggle. In that point, they launched 13 studio albums and a variety of shorter initiatives, together with a yuletide EP whose opener (“Simply Like Chrstmas”) grew to become one among their hottest songs.
Together with Galaxie 500, Low had been among the many most distinguished pioneers of the quiet and minimalist slowcore subgenre of rock, inspiring later acts like Duster and Purple Home Painters. Throughout the band, Parker was identified for her tender contact — each in her restrained drum strains and aching vocal melodies — an ideal foil for Sparhawk’s droning, typically heavy, guitar solos and nasal, typically animated, singing fashion. They continued to discover new kinds as a duo all the best way to the tip, with 2021’s Hey What that includes a few of their noisiest, most cathartic music thus far.
Beneath, learn remembrances and type phrases from the multitude of musicians, critics, and followers who had been touched by Parker’s transcendent work.
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