A tremendous loss for music and humanity this weekend, as Mimi Parker of Duluth’s Low passed away from ovarian cancer.
My tenure as a fan of Low began around 2001, circa Things We Lost In The Fire and Trust, when the band got just louder and faster to appeal to my rock-tuned ears. And while they’ve never been a heavy rotation act for me, I appreciated every new record and was impressed by the deconstructionist direction of their last few albums.
What I haven’t done, however, is dive into the early part of their discography, the slow and quiet records of the 20th century with which they made their name. I’m older and wiser now, I can use a little more quiet beauty in my life.
“Shame” was a double a-side with “Swingin'”, from the band’s second album Long Division in 1995, and seems to be one of the few singles that featured Parker in the lead vocalist role rather than harmonizing with Alan Sparhawk, at least as far as video-making goes.