Sparklehorse Bird Machine

Anti Records
8th September 2023

Format Info

LP - clear vinyl
LP - black vinyl

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 infuential 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.