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Remembering musician Mimi Parker, co-founder of the rock band Low : NPR


Mimi Parker, recognized for her chilling vocals and sparse drumming within the critically acclaimed rock band Low, died Saturday at age 55. She was recognized with ovarian most cancers in 2020.



ELISSA NADWORNY, HOST:

Mimi Parker has died. She sang and performed drums for a rock band that for practically 30 years was each a important and cult favourite.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “LULLABY”)

LOW: (Singing) I sang the phrases I meant.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Mimi Parker co-founded the band Low along with her husband Alan Sparhawk. That they had recognized one another since elementary college. That they had two youngsters collectively. Low’s first album got here out in 1994. Final 12 months Low not too long ago launched its thirteenth album, referred to as “Hey What.”

NADWORNY: Their music has usually been sluggish and spare. However it’s modified over time. In 2021, Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk informed NPR producer Lee Hale that in any case these years, they had been nonetheless trying to find new methods to create harmonies amid discord.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HEY”)

LOW: (Singing) Instructed me that I by no means might comprise – went again and wept within the automotive beneath the shade.

MIMI PARKER: I have been pushing in the direction of the wonder, and I do know Alan typically focuses on…

ALAN SPARHAWK: Chaos.

PARKER: …The chaos.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “HEY”)

LOW: (Singing) Perhaps that is the very last thing you must say. Hey.

PARKER: It has been a problem to mix that collectively. And I assume that is possibly what we have been attempting to do the entire time.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MORE”)

LOW: (Singing) I gave greater than what I ought to have misplaced. I paid greater than what it will have value.

SPARHAWK: Mimi’s voice actually is such a strong instrument to chop by means of the noise.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MORE”)

LOW: (Singing) I need all of what I did not have.

SPARHAWK: A humanness in opposition to the violence.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MORE”)

LOW: (Vocalizing).

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DAYS LIKE THESE”)

LOW: (Singing) Whenever you assume you have seen every little thing…

SPARHAWK: I imply, I feel early on, we knew that that is what we had been bringing to it. And, you realize, I used to be instantly – in all probability the overriding thought for me within the band, particularly when it first began, was like, I wish to work out a strategy to accommodate what you need. I feel that we will work out a manner that we each do what we’re desirous to occur in music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DAYS LIKE THESE”)

LOW: (Singing) All people simply chased by goals. That is why we’re dwelling in days like these once more.

PARKER: I imply, it feels like compromise is what you are describing, however I’ve by no means felt just like the music…

SPARHAWK: Oh, no.

PARKER: …That we have created has been a compromise.

SPARHAWK: Yeah. I feel it is all the time stunning, and it is all the time as loopy as I’ve ever…

PARKER: Yeah.

SPARHAWK: …Past my creativeness.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DAYS LIKE THESE”)

LOW: (Singing) It is not one thing you’ll be able to select between. It is not coming in twos and threes.

CHANG: Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk of the band Low. Their newest album “Hey What” was certainly one of NPR Music’s finest albums of 2021.

NADWORNY: Parker suffered from ovarian most cancers. In a press release, Sparhawk urged followers to, quote, “preserve her title shut and sacred. Share this second with somebody who wants you. Love is certainly a very powerful factor.” She was 55 years previous.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DAYS LIKE THESE”)

LOW: (Singing) Perhaps by no means even see, consider. That is why we’re dwelling in days like these once more.

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