Tuesday, 9 March 2010

R.I.P. Sparklehorse

Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse has taken his own life. His family has released a statement saying,
"It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you."
Linkous who has been releasing wonderful alt-blues records under the name Sparklehorse since 1995 was also a keen collaborator working with Fennesz, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and of course Danger Mouse on last years Dark Night Of The Soul.

In unrelated (and infinitely more positive) news EMI have announced that Dark Night Of The Soul will get an official release in the middle of the year.

1 comment:

Nick said...

Such sad news. 'good morning spider' and 'it's's a wonderful life' were my studying soundtrack for three years at uni, and the latter is one of my favourite albums. Was lucky enough to see sparklehorse live a few years back and linkous was mesmerizing.

He was always what they call a 'tortured soul' but his songs had a lot of optimism and I didn't think he'd do something like this. RIP.