Mark Linkous (NYT Obit Photo)

I am quite bummed to hear the news that Mark Linkous, frontman for Sparklehorse, committed suicide yesterday in Knoxville.

The Sparklehorse debut “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot” set a new standard for opiate melancholy, as did the ironically titled follow-up “It’s a Wonderful Life”.ย Linkous was a master at using gorgeous atmospheric textures to amplify heart-wrenching lyrics. No better example of this than the song “Eyepennies”.ย Probably not a big surprise to learn he was a sought-after producer too.

Read the NYT Obit for more info…