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R.I.P. Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous

I was schocked to read this morning that singer/songwriter Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse had committed suicide by gunshot. For those who don’t know Sparklehorse, it was more or less solely Mark Linkous with a revolving door of collaborators.

I wasn’t a huge Sparklehorse fan but I loved his 2006 album Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain now his final album. A moody collection of lo-fi indie pop songs produced by frequent collaborator Danger Mouse. It was one of my favorites of 2006 and it’s worth checking out for any indie fan. Though it’s a sad occasion perhaps the news will introduce new listeners to his music, I already plan on taking a deeper look at his catalog.

If you don’t know any Sparklehorse tunes the popular “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away” has always been my favorite. It’s a good representation of what his sound is all about, so I found some video with trippy images accompanied by the song.