When Mark Linkous passed away in 2010, no one knew about the existence of an unfinished and shelved album by Sparklehorse, or if someone knew left it untouched until the family discovered it and had to decide between leaving it untouched or giving it to the world. Thank the music gods, they chose the second option.
Linkous had recorded the tracks that make up Bird machine between the studios Electrical Audio (by the great Steve Albini) and Static King and posthumous production was handled by Alan Weatherhead (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, etc.). Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy) and Mark's nephew Spencer were invited to provide additional vocals, and with all this the album was released by Anti- in September last year.
Obviously, when you press play on “It will never stop” and continue through the almost 44 minutes of the album, all this information loses its importance, because Bird machine brings in its 14 songs everything that Sparklehorse was from the 90s until the departure of its creator, from noisy and lo-fi guitars to semi-acoustic and emotionally devastating ballads, one of which, “Falling down”, is currently my eyes water.
Without further ado, I say goodbye and leave you in the company of the late Mark Linkous. Thanks, Mark!