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Mixtape: Sad And Beautiful World (FA08)

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Sad And Beautiful World (A Fractured Air Mix)

We were delighted and honoured to be invited to contribute a mixtape for The Onion Cellar, a collective based in Vietnam which puts on various film screenings and gigs. This mix is specifically intended for a film festival based in Hanoi entitled Sad And Beautiful World, a festival inspired by the life of the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse).

Like so many other music fans everywhere, we too feel a very close connection to the sacred songbook of Mark Linkous and the many, many treasures (musical and otherwise) he has left behind. Our own introduction to Sparklehorse came through 2001’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” album. I can still vividly recall the nerve-tingling and gentle soul-stirring sensation provided by that opening passage of the album’s title-track (“I am / the only one / can ride that horse / th’yonder”). The sounds seemed to come from some discarded dusty nineteenth century musical box while a sadly beautiful dancing Ballerina would gracefully rotate to Linkous’ whispered words of comfort and solace. It’s a wonderful life. It’s all the more wonderful with the music of Mark Linkous in it.



01. Max Richter – Lullaby (Fat Cat)
02. Colleen – I’ll Read You A Story (Leaf)
03. M’Boom/Max Roach – January V (Sony)
04. Eden Ahbez – La Mar (Righteous/Cherry Red)
05. Scott Walker – Farmer In The City (Fontana)
06. Julia Holter – Hello Stranger (Domino)
07. Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Cause Of Labour Is The Hope Of The World (Fat Cat)
08. Julianna Barwick – The Harbinger (Dead Oceans)
09. Tom Waits – Innocent When You Dream (78) (Island)
10. Henry Mancini – Tana’s Theme (Cherry Red)
11. Grizzly Bear – Foreground (Instrumental) (Lakeshore/Warp)
12. Bill Fay – Be Not So Fearful (Deram/Decca)
13. Georges Delerue – Camille (Universal)
14. Bob Dylan – Not Dark Yet (Columbia)
15. Dirty Three – I Should’ve Gone Out Last Night (Anchor and Hope)
16. Townes Van Zandt – Kathleen (Charly/Poppy)
17. Christina Vantzou – Homemade Mountains (Kranky)
18. Lee Hazelwood – My Autumn’s Done Come (MGM)
19. Ravel – Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (The Cleveland Orchestra) (CBS)
20. The Band Of Blacky Ranchette – Square (Thrill Jockey)
21. Sparklehorse – It’s A Wonderful Life (Capitol)



The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or their respective record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.


To listen to Sad And Beautiful World:

Fractured Air 08. The universe is making music all the time.


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November 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

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