Four years ago, we lost a unique but widely unknown talent. Mark Linkous (or better known as Sparklehorse) struggled most of his life with depressions and sadly lost this painful and exhausting battle on March 6, 2010. Though he ended his life on this tragic day, his music still remains. And I would ask everyone who is not familiar with his music to give it a go.
There is a beautiful sadness in all of Mark’s works. His poetry was surreal and poignant. A dreamlike quality permeated most of his songs. Dying instruments and distorted vocals made up the skeleton of his music and he fleshed it out with lyrics about rusting landscapes and the little things and gave his creations vigor with his unique sense for production. His music is as traditional as it is alien.
He is one of only a few musicians I ever obsessed about. First it was the White Stripes, then Modest Mouse and now Sparklehorse. Through him I got exposed to the music of Daniel Johnston, Vic Chestnutt, Mercury Rev, Guided by Voices, Grandaddy, Cracker, and was inclined to pay more attention to PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Tom Waits and Camper Van Beethoven, among many others, as well as the works of West Virginian writers Pinckney Benedict and Breece D’J Pancake. He was an artist’s artist, respected by his peers and collaborated with most of the aforementioned musicians.
So, whoever took time to read this and maybe listened to a song or two, I hope you liked what you heard.
And whoever is familiar with his music (I know there’s a user named goodmorningspider around here), please share your thoughts on Mark, your favorite Sparklehorse songs or let's celebrate his life together.