Posted: May 25, 2021 in MUSIC

Indigo Sparke brings her deeply personal lived experiences to her music, highlighting the spaces between the polarity of softness and grit.

Pulling from her experiences of addiction, of healing, of queerness, of heartbreak, of joy, of connection, of the softness and of the grit alchemising it all into tenderness through her music, she conjures up a myriad of feelings that is undeniably potent. “Echo” was co-produced by Sparke, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker and Andrew Sarlo. “I had the privilege and pleasure of getting to help Indigo put these recordings together back in April and throughout 2019.

These songs became near and dear to me, and it was beautiful to help build the billowy landscapes within them. Indigo’s writing and voice are ethereal and angelic and guide me through internal canyons and plains. I’m deeply grateful to have been part of this and to have gotten to play and sing along side Indigo, and to have been able to eternalize a very special space and time with her, which i will always cherish.” -Adrianne Lenker

With these songs and her filament voice, Indigo brings us in to a private place and lights a fire there.” -Feist

Indigo Sparke balance[s] heavy, reverb-drenched verses with moments of airy and acoustic whispers. this Australian artist tackles themes of vulnerability and femininity with an eye on life through a different lens.”

Watch Indigo Sparke play “Colourblind”, “The day I Drove The Car Around The Block” and “Burn” at the Tiny Desk Concert.

The voice of Indigo Sparke feels fearless, but at moments it comes at a whisper. I was first taken by this Australian singer on a random journey, listening to around 1300 songs for last year’s SXSW music fest. Her song “The day I Drove The Car Around The Block” has a mundane title that made me smile, but lyrics that both cut hard and comfort. “Take off all my clothes, kiss me where the bruises are,” and later the refrain, “Love is the drug, and you are in my blood now.” Indigo told the NPR crowd about the song’s origins of trying to learn how to drive on the other side of the road while in Los Angeles, with a huge vehicle and a stick shift. She just gave up and wrote this tale of defeat and solace. On her third song, a tune that was so new at the time of this performance it had no title (now it’s called “Burn”), she’s joined on guitar by her partner, Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief. It all made for a most intimate and sincere expression of honest emotion and a beautiful day with friends in the office.

SET LIST “Colourblind” ““The day I Drove The Car Around The Block” “Burn”

MUSICIANS Indigo Sparke: vocals, guitar; Adrianne Lenker: guitar

Npr, all songs considered say “achingly beautiful and heart-wrenching… feels impossibly intimate and vast at once, like a cherished secret that, once shared, becomes universal truth.” -gorilla vs bear “gorgeous and gentle… Sparke sings in an ethereal voice of the kind of love that makes you feel safe.” -consequence of sound “if you like the hushed, delicate folk of adrianne [lenker]’s own material, you’re probably going to like this song too. Indigo is a natural, and this song hooks you in with little more than her voice and guitar.” -brooklyn vegan

“sadly beautiful, haunting… deceptively complex on an emotional level.” -beats per minute “a glowing guitar lullaby.” -stereogum

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