This past November, Low’s Mimi Parker died after battling ovarian cancer, and one of indie music’s most distinctive and beloved voices was silenced. Ever since discovering them back in 1995, Low’s music has been a sort of platonic ideal for me; their minimalist, atmospheric songs a constant source of beauty and grace in my life. This month’s playlist — titled “Close and Sacred” — features 25 songs taken from throughout Low’s decades-long discography, from their early “slowcore” roots to the breathtaking experimental arrangements of their last two albums.
Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special, interesting, and/or meaningful. In this latest episode, I discuss “Words,” the first Low song I ever heard, and a song that forever changed music for me.
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