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Sparkle Hard
Artist
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
ReleaseProduct
Sparkle Hard
Label
Domino Recording Co
Catalogue Number
WIG429D
Release Date
May 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 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 2:55 Buy
  2. 2 Future Suite Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 2:43 Buy
  3. 3 Solid Silk Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 4:37 Buy
  4. 4 Bike Lane Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 3:34 Buy
  5. 5 Middle America Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 3:31 Buy
  6. 6 Rattler Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 3:08 Buy
  7. 7 Shiggy Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 3:16 Buy
  8. 8 Kite Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 6:40 Buy
  9. 9 Brethren Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 2:51 Buy
  10. 10 Refute Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 3:24 Buy
  11. 11 Difficulties / Let Them Eat Vowels Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 7:05 Buy

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

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