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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Sparkle Hard
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Release Date
May 18, 2018


It’s Stephen Malkmus, but not as you know him. The former Pavement frontman’s latest LP with the Jicks seems, at first glance, to be business as usual. Songs have titles like ‘Middle America’ and ‘Bike Lane’, and most of them are breezy indie chugs of the kind that Malkmus can turn out at the drop of a hat. But scratch the surface and you’ll see that there is evolution on Sparkle Hard. Examples include the guest vocals of one Kim Gordon on ‘Refute’, Malkmus’s use of auto-tune for ‘Rattler’, and the epic seven-minute closer which moves from impressionistic ambient pop to a triumphant post-punk climax reminiscent of Deerhunter’s ‘Nothing Ever Happened’.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Cast Off 2:54 Buy
  2. 2 Future Suite 2:43 Buy
  3. 3 Solid Silk 4:37 Buy
  4. 4 Bike Lane 3:34 Buy
  5. 5 Middle America 3:31 Buy
  6. 6 Rattler 3:08 Buy
  7. 7 Shiggy 3:16 Buy
  8. 8 Kite 6:40 Buy
  9. 9 Brethren 2:51 Buy
  10. 10 Refute 3:24 Buy
  11. 11 Difficulties - Let Them Eat Vowels 7:03 Buy

    Difficulties - Let Them Eat Vowels

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks


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