Through the Sparks – Meteors in GorgesRelease Date: September 16, 2016
“Meteors in Gorges,” the new single from Through the Sparks, comes on the heels of 2016’s Transindifference LP. It marks the first time the band has put a producer (two actually) at the helm: Communicating Vessels label-head Jeffrey Cain and Birmingham, Alabama’s Daniel Farris co-produced the track. The attitude and textures are immediately noticeable as new territory. Sounds and ideas that might’ve been periphery have taken the wheel.
It started as one of bassist and founding member Greg Slamen’s many synth-heavy creations. Singer-guitarist-lyricist Jody Nelson heard it in transit on a short run of shows and found it to be “vulgarly catchy and irresistible.” The lyrics were adapted from a notebook of a few abandoned ideas that “place absurdities — love and nature’s cruelty — in a world without Newtonian physics, where they make more sense,” Nelson said.
Through the Sparks’ newest addition, drummer Mikey Williams, put real drums on the demo and it was sent to the label. With positive reaction, they booked studio time at Communicating Vessels the next week and put it to tape and mixed it in a couple of days. The drum take is a first-take, as-is nearly everything else that stayed on the final recording. The six-member female chorus at the end was assembled in the early morning hours between day two and three of the session and is comprised of some of Birmingham’s best singers. The studio had a “serious music party” atmosphere and that feeling made it onto the tape.
"Remember the name Jody Nelson, because you’ll soon be hearing it mentioned with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Ron Sexsmith, and A.C. Newman."− Blurt
"Through the Sparks conjures up a mighty indie-rock groove, something with the swagger of Spoon when Britt Daniel and co. are strutting their stuff."− PopMatters
"Trippy music for smart people … Through the Sparks are a band with talent and imagination."− All Music Guide