This is the first release of the new year on Transparent and what a way to begin the new decade. Active Child is the sprawling, ethereal creation of Pat Grossi and is a beautiful piece of work on delectable white vinyl. You need this in your life.
Although tickled with the same brush that made Sinéad O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares…’ a bit cringe worthy, it is nonetheless a bizarrely wonderful slice of synth pop, from one of the most intreuigng blog’s around at the moment.
From the Linkous Family: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.” – March 6, 2010 / http://www.sparklehorse.com
The alternative rock world has lost another giant. Over the past couple of days the news of the death of Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse has shocked and saddened many fans, friends and artists. On Saturday, The New York Times reported that Linkous committed suicide in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 47.
Last year, Linkous teamed up with Danger Mouse and producer David Lynch on the Dark Night of the Soul project, which was not released due to a legal battle between Danger Mouse and EMI. However, Pitchfork announced last week that Danger Mouse and EMI had resolved their differences, and the multimedia project, which Linkous co-wrote, co-composed and co-produced, would officially be released sometime this summer. Much of music from the project had already been leaked on the Internet. I for one, was lucky enough to pick up a promo copy when rustling through record stores; and I can without hesitation – if you haven’t got one – do everything in you’re power to change it it.
Marvellous music from a true understated hero.
Who makes tunes like this any more?
Who’d have thought Shwartzman, yeah, that guy from all those kooky films you love – Rushmore, Spun, I ♥ Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, The Darjeeling Limited etc- could create such a damn fine record.
Performing under the name ‘Coconut Records’, Jason sounds more than a little similar to Ben Kweller, Brendan Benson, or the care-free-Utopia Parkway -album-era Fountains of Wayne.
Perfect for summer. If it ever arrives,