By Kent Larsen
New York Times Likes Low's 'Testaments Whispered'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The New York Times reviewed the music of the Mormon
band Low today, calling its music "testaments that whispered instead of
preached." Low performed Saturday at New York's Bowery Ballroom.
The group, which hails from Duluth, Minnesota, is made up of a Mormon
couple, Mimi Parker (drums) and Alan Sparhawk (guitar/vocals) and a
non-Mormon bassist, Zak Sally. But their music isn't quite Mormon pop.
Instead, the band's name is a good description -- deceptively simple,
low-key, slow music that the Times says is informed by Parker and Sparhawk's
spirituality. The Times' Ann Powers says that this makes the band a "leader
in rock's literally quite underground."
According to the Times, the lyrics are often about transitions, the links
between lovers, mother and child, life and death, and even death and
resurrection. "In confoundingly poetic lyrics, Low asks its listeners to see
what hangs invisible in the air. The seemingly empty space within its
stately arrangements actually overflowed with aural remnants: of vocal
harmonies, of Mr. Sparhawk's reverberant guitar or Ms. Parker's drums. Music
and message combined to communicate immanence, in testaments that whispered
instead of preached."
Low: Subtle Meditations From the Underground
New York Times 22Feb01 A2
By Ann Powers