Mimi Parker, whose soothing vocals propelled the Minnesota indie band Low to critical acclaim, died at the age of 55, nearly two years after revealing she had ovarian cancer.
“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,” her husband and bandmate Alan Sparhawk, announced on Twitter Sunday.
“Keep her name close and sacred. Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love is indeed the most important thing,” Sparhawk wrote.
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 sacred. Share this moment with someone who needs you. Love is indeed the most important thing.
— LOW (@lowtheband) November 6, 2022
Parker was Low’s drummer and songwriter, joining the band in 1993 in Duluth, Minnesota, with Sparhawk. They achieved success with beautifully simple instrumentals and harmonious vocals, distinguishing themselves in what became known as the decade’s “slowcore” movement, a subgenre of alternative and indie rock.
Low’s debut album, “I Could Live in Hope,” was critically acclaimed in 1994, and the band went on to release 13 albums in the years that followed. Rocker Robert Plant was among those who mourned her death.
“We’ve been drawn to the music of the great duo Low from Duluth, Minnesota, and sadly, we’ve lost one of the two people tonight.” “So tonight we give our songs to Mimi and our love to Alan,” Plant said at a concert in Scotland on Sunday.
John Nichols was the group’s first bassist, and he was followed by other rotating members over the years.
Parker met her husband in grade school in the small town of Clearbrook in northern Minnesota. Their faith as Mormons was often found in their song lyrics which alluded to end times, morality and redemption.
Parker is survived by Sparhawk and their two children, Hollis and Cyrus.