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Bird Machine


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ANTI- Records is honored to share a never-before-heard album by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse titled Bird Machine.

Originally recorded in 2010 and mixed by Mark Hamilton (who also worked on It's A Wonderful Life), Mark's brother Matt notes "great care has been taken to archive and preserve Mark's music. We are very thankful for Mark and the beauty he brought to this world."

Sparklehorse was an American indie rock band formed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous in the mid-1990s. Born on September 9, 1962, in Arlington, Virginia, Linkous began playing music as a teenager.

Described as an artist who "compelled listeners to heed the beauty of darkness" by Pitchfork, Sparklehorse released many influential records, including the renowned albums Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and Good Morning Spider in the '90s, It's A Wonderful Life and Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain in the early aughts, and a collaborative album Dark Night of the Soul released in 2010.

Throughout his career Mark collaborated with thought provoking artists like Vic Chesnutt, Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits, Danger Mouse, and David Lynch.

While Mark recorded in various studios, collaborating with other musicians and producers, he did much of his work in his home studio, Static King, often playing and recording everything on his own. He was "very much kind of a working-class guy with a very poetic sensibility, who was drawn to artists like himself, who worked in isolation," said NPR Fresh Air's Ken Tucker

Released: September 2023
CAT: 270814
Label: Anti Records



It Will Never Stop
Kind Ghost
Evening Star Supercharger
O Child
Falling Down
I Fucked it Up
Hello Lord
Daddy's Gone
Chaos of the Universe
Listening to the Higsons
Everybody's Gone to Sleep
The Scull of Lucia

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Paul Broome
Still Raw

A posthumous album that is anything but a cash-in is quite a rare thing, and this album is everything that I hoped it would be. Amazing songs, wonderfully performed and recorded. It really is a brand new album that deserves to sit proudly alongside the rest of Mark's work. It has been soothing my soul.