ANTI-Records is releasing a never-before-heard album by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse titled ‘Bird Machine’ and Fingerprints will have an Exclusive Crystal Clear LP version (out 9/8/23).
As the steward of Linkous’ unreleased music, his brother Matt found the track “It Will Never Stop” in 2022 and started the process of building an album made up of older recordings some dating back to 2010, working along with their sister Melissa Linkous. 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.” Despite his untimely death in 2010, Mark’s music continues to be highly regarded and influential in the indie rock and alternative music scenes.
Sparklehorse was an American indie rock band formed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous in the mid-1990s. Described as an artist who “compelled listeners to heed the beauty of darkness”, Sparklehorse released several influential records, including the renowned albums ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’ and ‘Good Morning Spider’, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain’ as well as a collaborative album with David Lynch and Danger Mouse ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ released in 2010.
Fingerprints hosted events with Mark and Sparklehorse for three of their albums, including two live performances, as well as a hosted evening of short films with Mark and Scott Minor, featuring several short films they’d shot for songs on the album, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Mark liked our In-Store poster so much that he used the artist (Robert Pokorny) for all the art and layout for the ‘Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain’ release.
We feel incredibly honored to get the approval of Mark’s family to have an exclusive Fingerprints variant, and are currently taking pre-orders on this extremely limited run of 300 copies.