Sparklehorse: Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

PUBLISHED: 12:12 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Perhaps the thin air in Mark Linkous isolated mountain hideaway has slowed progress on his return to the fray, some five years after his feted It s A Wonderful Life. But judging by this blissfully wistful chunk of lo-fi folk, at times verging on the drea

Perhaps the thin air in Mark Linkous' isolated mountain hideaway has slowed progress on his return to the fray, some five years after his feted It's A Wonderful Life.

But judging by this blissfully wistful chunk of lo-fi folk, at times verging on the dreamlike, it seems more likely the altitude conferred an enchanting atmosphere on these 12 tracks.

Bar a couple of straightforward rockier numbers, Linkous' glacial work still retains a pop heart beating beneath sometimes wilfully opaque sounds, and is all the more intriguing for it.

A gentle, lingering drift under the skin of a gifted recluse. 4/5

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