Bird Machine (Vinyl LP)

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Well if this ain't some bittersweet news. Sparklehorse released only a handful of albums before Mark Linkous' tragic death by suicide in 2010, and we'd have been forgiven for thinking that was the end of the story. However, these songs were recorded with Steve Albini with the intention of releasing a fifth album, and Mark's brother Matt and sister-in-law Melissa have very carefully and respectfully overseen their completion. Recent songs such as The Scull of Lucia and Evening Star Supercharger would suggest we're in for something special - a gift we never thought we'd get. - Flying Out

Originally recorded in 2010 and mixed by Mark Hamilton (who also worked on It's A Wonderful Life), Mark's brother Matt notes "great care has been taken to archive and preserve Mark's music. We are very thankful for Mark and the beauty he brought to this world."

Sparklehorse was an American indie rock band formed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous in the mid-1990s. Born on September 9, 1962, in Arlington, Virginia, Linkous began playing music as a teenager.

Described as an artist who "compelled listeners to heed the beauty of darkness" by Pitchfork, Sparklehorse released many influential records, including the renowned albums Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and Good Morning Spider in the '90s, It's A Wonderful Life and Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain in the early aughts, and a collaborative album Dark Night of the Soul released in 2010.

Throughout his career Mark collaborated with thought provoking artists like Vic Chesnutt, Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits, Danger Mouse, and David Lynch.

While Mark recorded in various studios, collaborating with other musicians and producers, he did much of his work in his home studio, Static King, often playing and recording everything on his own. He was "very much kind of a working-class guy with a very poetic sensibility, who was drawn to artists like himself, who worked in isolation," said NPR Fresh Air's Ken Tucker.


  1. It Will Never Stop
  2. Kind Ghosts
  3. Evening Star Supercharger
  4. O Child
  5. Falling Down
  6. I Fucked it Up
  7. Hello Lord
  8. Daddy's Gone
  9. Chaos of the Universe
  10. Listening to the Higsons
  11. Everybody's Gone to Sleep
  12. The Scull of Lucia
  13. Blue
  14. Stay