Together they created/recorded 4 masterly
longplayers between 1995 and 2006.
Linkous was one kind of musician. Enigmatic, visionary, and always balancing
on the edge as I witnessed myself in 1996 when he played in Brussels with Mazzy
Staras support act. Unfortunately, Linkous who suffered from depression after
divorcing his wife in 2010. On March 6 of that year he shot himself with a rifle
in the heart, he was only 47.
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
18 July 2018
Album: GOOD MORNING SPIDER – second longplayer
Released: 20 July 1998 – 20 years ago
PITCHFORK wrote: “Mark Linkous’ second album as Sparklehorse shines an old light on impossible things. He found the purity of pop music and then lacerated it with the quirks and imperfections he cherished. Its songs bleed in and out of each other: an organ drone ends one track and begins another, a strand of tape hiss winds through the work. You can hear machines starting up and stopping again, fingers squeaking across the frets of an acoustic guitar. Linkous had a tendency to sing close enough to the microphone that you could hear the spittle crackling off his teeth, like he’s whispering in your ear or through a tin can strung up with twine.” Score: 9/10 – Full review here TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Mark Linkous‘ wayward, delicate, vulnerable, ugly/beautiful, quiet/loud, scary, confused, profound, gloomy, paranoid, raging songwriting – in sound and vision – is nothing less than genial…
TOP TRACKS:Pig / Maria’s Little Elbows / Sick Of Goodbyes