Sparklehorse makes long-awaited return September 26

When we first reported on rumors of a new album from Sparklehorse, the musical brainchild of Albemarle High School alum Mark Linkous, we cautioned fans not to get their hopes up. But after years of speculation followed by disappointment, it looks like it's really going to happen this time.

Five years after 2001's It's A Wonderful Life album, online music journal pitchforkmedia.com reports that not only is the album ready, but that there is a definite track list and, most importantly, a release date of September 26. The new LP will come out on Astralwerks Records and will be called Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain.

Just how apt is the new title? The album has been so long in the works that the Hook wrote a cover story on the recording process and Linkous' reclusive life in Fluvanna County all the way back on February 27, 2002 in our fourth issue!

As if that weren't enough good news for long-suffering Sparklehorse fans, Linkous and company will appear live at this year's Austin City Limits Festival in September. Check out the festival's website on Thursday July 13 to see which day of the festival they'll take the stage. In preparation for the high profile gig, the band says they will be playing warm-up gigs in Asheville, North Carolina, Knoxville, Tennessee, Nashville, and Atlanta.

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Sweet. Sparkelhorse is the best Central Virginia-related band ever. I wonder if someone could talk Linkous into playing Satellite Ballroom?

It's about time Mark...looking forward to it. I hope this return and your stuff is as stirring as your song on the Johnny Cash tribute CD.

looking forward to whatever happens, new music, local play, anything.