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Sparklehorse Leader Overcame Depression To Make New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous has never been a speed demon when it comes to making albums. But the five years between 2001’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the new “Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of the Mountain” was his biggest gap yet.

But there was a serious reason for that.

“I just had depression really bad,” says Linkous, 40. “I’ve had problems with it for a long time, but it just got really bad for about three years where I couldn’t do anything, including writing and playing and recording music.

“It got to the point where I convinced myself that I couldn’t make interesting music anymore. It had been too long. I (messed) it all up and people moved on to other things and forgot about Sparklehorse — which was probably insignifi cant from the get-go, anyway. It was pretty bad.”

Linkous says that “survival instinct” helped him ultimately make “Dreamt For Lightyears ...,” which includes collaborators such as Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse and Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, as well as a track featuring Tom Waits on piano that was left over from “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“After I completed a track and I thought it was worthy,” Linkous explains, “it just gave me a little bit of confidence. I just got a little bit of confi dence every time I fi nished a track, and that really helped. When you’re in that state in your head, feeling competent is so valuable.”

Sparklehorse and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter perform at 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 22nd) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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