Gosh, I didn’t think enough people visited this place to max out a yousendit d/l, but I was wrong, so here, by popular demand, is the Decemberists – The Culling of the Fold [eta: as of 4.17.07, you need to contact me if you want a copy].
Sparklehorse is already an acclaimed band, and so I don’t have to talk them up, which is kind of nice. “They” are Mark Linkous and any collaborator that happens by, which is very cool, because Linkous knows some great people and one time he collaborated with Thom Yorke to produce my favorite cover ever, the transcendent rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”
The new album is called “Dreamt For Lightyears In the Belly Of A Mountain,” and it retains much of the lo-fiety that Linkous is famous for. The lyrics are truly “words after the smoke,” as Linkous sounds like he’s singing through a fire-mask while your house burns down.
For me, the standout track is “Mountains,” which has a beautiful guitar to back up Linkous’s sweet lyrics (at least, my impression is that they’re sweet) as well as some electronic beepy stuff added in at the end. It’s not a super-original sound, anymore, unless you consider that Linkous was making it before the new kids. “Dreamt For Light Years…” makes for great listening, even though I’m doing a bad job at describing it. Very very bad job. Just listen.
[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you'd like a copy.]
Sparklehorse – Mountains Sparklehorse – Ghost In the Sky Sparklehorse – Don’t Take My Sunshine Away