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Richmond, United States (1995 – 2010)

Sparklehorse was an American band formed in 1995 and led by Mark Linkous (September 9, 1962 - March 6, 2010), a Richmond, Virginia native and last of a long line of southern coalminers. Linkous recorded much of Sparklehorse’s material in his home studio, and his Southern Gothic vision guided Sparklehorse. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Minor was a frequent collaborator.

Before his suicide in March 2010, Linkous created many albums of beauty and discord and much of Sparklehorse’s music has an introspective, melancholy feel, which Linkous credited to a chemical imbalance. His lyrics are full of odd imagery: Joe Tangari describes Linkous’ songs as “defiantly … with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies… In fact, some of the lyrics are so surreal that it’s hard to imagine they’re even metaphors for anything.”

Musically, Sparklehorse were not far removed from , though there are as many differences as similarities between that genre and Sparklehorse: Linkous was fond of incorporating obsolete musical instruments or technologies (such as woozy mellotrons, scratchy, distorted wire recordings of his own voice, or cheap, tinny drum machines), in ways reminiscent of some of Tom Waits’ music. Sparklehorse offered a few full-throttle numbers, as well, such as “Some Day I Will Treat You Good” or “Happy Man”.


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  • fhylipemorais

    coming back to his albums is like coming home.

    5 Jul 7:50pm Reply
  • MsGreta_G

    Just found him. Such a beautiful, sad and touching music... I cry )

    6 Jun 10:25am Reply
  • sarahfonseca

    You are my sunshine.

    4 Jun 5:02pm Reply
  • robot_boy71

    coming back to his albums is like coming home [+1]

    12 May 8:10pm Reply
  • Nagsworth

    man i can't believe it's 5 years now since he died. i'm not a big listener of this music but every time i do it reaches right into my soul... beautiful person, beautiful music. i always get sad when i think about mark.

    4 May 5:26pm Reply
  • ColdNightLight

    mesmerising music that really makes you feel something

    29 Mar 7:37am Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    somehow Good Morning Spider still makes me cry. Maybe more so, now that I'm older and Mark is gone. What a pure, satisfying melancholy.

    19 Mar 7:32pm Reply
  • sarahfonseca

    Rest in peace Linkous, We love you. / Descance em paz Linkous, nós te amamos. <3

    6 Mar 4:57pm Reply
  • WizardinBlack98

    One of the greatest artists I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. You won't be forgotten.

    25 Feb 2:10pm Reply
  • sarahfonseca

    Don't worry Linkous,we will never forget you.

    19 Feb 5:24pm Reply
  • sarahfonseca

    Linkous is the only one can ride that horse <3

    15 Feb 7:01pm Reply
  • poetayhuea


    13 Feb 6:37am Reply
  • Gabsamand

    Sea of Teeth<3

    15 Jan 1:18am Reply
  • cptmudachello

    бля пацаны, буду откровенен. Такой годноты я еще не слышал, этот замечательный молодой человек сделал мое лето поистине грустный и печальным.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • loafing99


    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    I concur

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Beautiful music.

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • kechikjitra

    coming back to his albums is like coming home

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lexotan_miss

    i hope that one day i'll meet him.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ggauqmeba

    coming back to his albums is like coming home [3]+1

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
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