#361 Jay Sparrow

Recorded in the dead of winter in a newly constructed studio at the former residence of controversial Edmonton photographer Con Boland, the month-long project was the result of what the sound might be if there was a collaboration between Elliott Smith and Massive Attack. Long gone are the bluesy-punk sounds of Sparrow’s first band the Murder City Sparrows.

Sparrow tells the story. “Eight records in fifteen years… Some came easy, others were a struggle. ‘Hard Eight’ is a little of both. I fell in love and found the woman I am to marry since my last record came out in 2020. You can hear a little of what that sounds like in some of the songs. The act of writing music feels like sitting under an attic hatch far above your body, you close your eyes and the hatch opens, falling through the crack are particles of dusty creative moments, if I am positioned correctly with instrument in hand, they land on me, some I even reach out and catch. They aren’t mine, I don’t know where they come from but if I am ready and available, I can usher them into existence. I make music because I have to, the rest of life is elective.”

Photo Credit: Cooper & O’Hara

Written by Jay Sparrow
Produced by Mike Schlosser
Mixed by Brad Smith
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Artwork by Mike Egan
100% Canadian Content

Website: https://jaysparrow.com
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/5wXiFRSqLuSrRXWVSN3Sr5?si=fKytFjuZRG2VBiII2qLB5A

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