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Sparkadia

Set out for a sublime sundown flight this weekend and see Sparkadia light up the Metro, supported by extremely special guests Operator Please and fellow Ivy League luminaries, Melbourne's Alpine.
By Hilary Simmons
March 28, 2011
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By Hilary Simmons
March 28, 2011
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Sparkadia talk like they're falling down stairs, stand firm in the fickle indie-rock world, and are playing two all-ages shows at the Metro to celebrate the release of The Great Impression by Ivy League Records.

Having toured Britain with Irish indie band The Thrills, been lauded as the "first alternative-pop heavyweights of the new century" by Aussie music mag Mess + Noise, said auf wiedersehen to Australia to find a richer and deeper sound in Berlin only to split four ways and jam out a sophomore opus in London, this is Sparkadia's biggest Australian tour to date.

Come acquaint yourself with Alexander Burnett and co., as this album easily surpasses anything Burnett has achieved in the past, with Sparkadia sounding no less sweeping or expansive for being a one-man effort than when they were a four-piece band. The sound of The Great Impression is epic, crashing and emotive; a clutch of instruments coalesce with the clamorous use of random objects to create sexy, heartrending melodies. The lyrics are poignant, tender reminiscences written by Burnett in the back of cabs, during transit through clouds, and in seedy hotel rooms thousands of miles from anywhere called home.

The Great Impression is a joyous contribution to the overloaded indie-rock music scene and effortlessly evokes seminal bands like The Police and Doves. It offers a sense of respite in a strange world and reverberates warmly into that thoracic space under the clavicle where the heart hums. Set out for a sublime sundown flight this weekend and see Sparkadia light up the Metro, supported by extremely special guests Operator Please and fellow Ivy League luminaries, Melbourne's Alpine.

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