INDIGO SPARKE – ” Hysteria “

Posted: August 25, 2022 in MUSIC

Indigo Sparke returns with her magnetic second full-length album “Hysteria”, recorded with producer Aaron Dessner (The National, Taylor Swift). It’s a huge and beautiful sweeping work, one that possesses a rare, reflective power. From the first few notes, in the first song, “Blue”, something chilling and captivating pierces straight into the listener’s chest. With harmonies reminiscent of the voices in our heads, she examines love, loss, grief, a newly realized rage, her history, dreams, and the emotional weather patterns surrounding those sensations: her words tell the stories, and the sounds act them out.

It’s a diary built for big stages. “Hysteria” arrives just a year after her striking, minimalist debut, “Echo“. Here though, Sparke offers an more expansive body of work—it’s a simultaneously nostalgic yet clear and complex collection that expands her sound and outlook.

While the world that Sparke inhabits is a rich tapestry of sound that pulls the listener into circular spaces of seemingly never ending minimalistic textures and harmonic suspensions, what’s most clearly on display is her voice and her song forms. Deceptively simple structures wind like labyrinths in a whirlwind of lyrical expression and vocal pageantry calling to mind the early works of PJ Harvey, Meredith Monk, and the like. These compositions are a warm invitation into her world.

the album “Hysteria“, out October 7th 2022, via Sacred Bones Records

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