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"Sparklace review"

The Brooklyn-based solo artist filters the dispassionate cool of "Enjoy the Silence"-era Depeche Mode through a 21st century filter, with plenty of electronic blips and bloops - Anthem Magazine

"Sparklace review"

The central question in the melancholy dab of bedsit electronica is "Where did we go wrong?" Parks' beautifully resigned melody and restless synthscape suggest no easy answers. - Spin


illuminated manuscript
to swift mars



The list of drummers that have found their way from the back of the stage into the limelight is, well, it's pretty short & mostly rooted in the post-prog pop landscape of England in the 70's. This is an appropriate reference point for Cale Parks who has held down the rhythm and pulse in such critically acclaimed & adventurous indie rock bands as Aloha & White Williams. His solo work has, since it's inception, been a foray deep into texture, rhythm, pure sound and onwards into the heart of the song. His 2006 album "Illuminated Manuscript" owes as much to his classically trained precision (He studied as an orchestral percussionist) as it does to his ear for melancholy, summoning comparisons with the repetition of Steve Reich, the sadness of Arvo Part & the electronic textures of Mum. 2008's "Sparklace" builds all these aspects into a more structured whole indebted to the dark 80s british electronics of New Order and Depeche Mode. Never content to rest on his laurels, as Sparklace hit the shelves Cale has already finished the recording of his 3rd release, "To Swift Mars" which will see release on August 4th. This record will come to be seen as his mission statement, where he combines the textural lessons learned from his previous works with a greater mastery of songwriting and a more organic instrumentation.