Mark Linkous, best known as the leader of Sparklehorse, committed suicide one week ago. An immensely gifted and chronically depressed fellow, Linkous’s music was an acquired taste — the sound of sadness itself, usually, which meant it was best taken in small doses and with a little sunshine after the fact. As this tribute from Robin Hilton at the All Songs Considered blog notes, however, Linkous’s death was hardly a surprise — a sad fact in and of itself.
His last album was the Dark Night of the Soul collaboration with David Lynch and Danger Mouse, exactly the sort of gloomy gorgeousness that was his hallmark.
David Hajdu uncovers this version of Sparklehorse’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” set to a video by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, whose work seems a perfect match for the music.