Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard out on May 18th

by Woody on April 25, 2018

CREDIT: Giovanni Duca/Courtesy of the artist

Needless to say that Stephen Malkmus doesn’t need HearYa’s stamp of approval but I’m here to say that I’m loving what I’m hearing from the his new album. Sparkle Hard is out on May 18th and I have to say this is my favorite stuff of theirs since Real Emotional Trash.

Malkmus started writing Sparkle Hard in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series Flaked (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on Sparkle Hard, the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times.

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DARYA April 27, 2018 at 4:56 am

amazing ^_^

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