New Tune : Lav : Spirit Ditch (Sparklehorse cover)

Photo credit: Margaret Leyva

"Rock Around The Clock"

"How Soon Is Now"

"Rock 'n' Roll Part 2"

Yup, like it or not, sometimes the B-side prevails. If you don't believe me, just ask Bill Haley, The Smiths and Gary Glitter, who trotted out "Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town),” "William It Was Really Nothing" and "Rock 'n' Roll Part 1" respectively, only to have them poo-pooed by the prevailing tastes of the time.

It happens.

In the case of Venice, CA's Lav, it's not that her new Color Study single "Sardine Song" is bad. Far from it. I dig it a lot. It's just that when you (digitally) flip it over, one is treated to a breathless vocal that seems in danger of dissipating, even as it's nuzzling into the dystopic post-breakup dream world of "Spirit Ditch." A world that could only have only have been conjured by the late, great, troubled Mark Linkous.

I want my records back

And that motorcycle gas tank

That I spray-painted black

Not exactly the flavor of kiss off we aspire to when dropping the curtain on a relationship, but deliciously bitter all the same.

The single is available now, and while there's no word on an impending full length, I'm going to say it's definitely worth keeping an ear to the ground for, based on this small sample size.

And while I know this post is not supposed to be about Mark Linkous, you could do far worse than drop some of that hard-earned on a few Sparklehorse albums, starting with the mellifluously-titled Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot.


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