STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
SPARKLE HARD DOMINO, OUT 18 MAY
Former Pavement frontman’s best album with The Jicks.
Stephen Malkmus has long been threatening to become the musical equivalent of a Sunday supplement that you glance at if you’ve got the time – occasionally interesting but hardly essential. Sparkle Hard, his seventh LP with The Jicks, aims to shake that situation up a bit. It does so in part by revisiting the offhand poeticism of his first band, Pavement (Middle America, with its slanted melodicism, could be an early-’ 90s lost classic), but this isn’t just a nostalgia trip. There’s a richness here – the autumnal strings in Solid Silk, the Van Dyke Parks whimsy of Difficulties/ Let Them Eat Vowls – that’s been absent from previous Jicks records. It’s what makes this one worth picking up. Listen To: Cast Off | Middle America | Solid Silk
Stephen Malkmus: “So, how do I steer it?”