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Lost Cities

by The Sparrowmakers

The long-awaited album from Austin-based singer-songwriters Wilson Marks and Thais Perkins, Lost Cities features a motley amalgam of jazz, folk, and americana with pop tinges.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. A Thousand Mondays
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2. Boudreaux's Daughter
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3:39 album only
3. Ethel and the Merman
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2:16 album only
4. Alone
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5:21 album only
5. Down in the Ground
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6. I Can't Blink I
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2:19 album only
7. I Can't Blink II
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2:40 album only
8. Absolute Fix
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3:54 album only
9. Next Time I See You
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10. Houdini's Hands I
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11. Houdini's Hands II
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12. Boomerang
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13. Lost Cities
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3:05 album only
14. Anybody's Darlin
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3:31 album only
15. Spring Could Care Less
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16. I Will Steal Your Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Thais Perkins and Wilson Marks are The Sparrowmakers, a folk-pop duo from Austin, TX. Similar in their love of storytelling, their divergent styles - Wilson holds a degree in jazz guitar and Thais trends towards pop/americana - blend to make a unique, soulful and interesting sound unlike any other. Between them they have over 25 years of playing and songwriting experience, three albums, host one biweekly songwriting clinic in Austin, and are raising two amazing kids. The name 'The Sparrowmakers' is an obvious reference, but it is also a name that conjures the mystical and hard-to-capture process of songwriting, the act of creating these small, beautiful, fleeting creatures that is part intention, part accident, part catastrophe, entirely rooted in hope and completely out of your control. You know, like children.

Their long awaited release, Lost Cities (2013) is a genre-crossing album. The subjects range from personal to allegory; vignettes of backwoods Louisiana, falling in love with a mythical being, the challenges and joy of relationships and parenting, from post-apocalyptic visions to the morning commute. Some of the songs on Lost Cities are siblings, born from the same prompt or theme but each bearing the unique stamp of the voice delivering it to a different place.


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Judy Andersen

Your music is a lullaby
I want to graciously express how truly delightful it is to hear your beautiful voice sing through my home. You two play so harmoniously together. I can really feel the love and passion of who you are come through your music. More please!

Robert Clayton

heart stolen (but I don't mind)
Although I doubt this album was conceived with a grandiose vision of being a "concept album", it sorta' plays like one. Starting with "A Thousand Mondays" you are there in traffic yet again, starting the workweek, pondering the purpose of it all ... "brake lights ... towing ... the company line" and "once there were just days ..." ... sustain and resound and offer themselves for pondering. Lyrics are lyrics, but they are artfully delivered with Marks' vulnerable earnestness that rings a little of Sondre Lerche paired with the elevating harmonies and soul of Perkins; evoking the magic lovechild of Sarah McLahlan and Cyndi Lauper. The album is given a masterful proscenium through which the worthy listener may ably pass.

And then, like a faint dreamy memory of nights spent out by the firepit with friends, the storytellers trade songs back and forth from their history before this Monday morning, before the mundane duties and up-ending revelations of life with children.

Never treading the same sonic path twice, though sometimes duelling on a common theme, the songs each hold their own as possibly the one song that you will not get out of your head for a day or two and will be happy to come back to. The title track "Lost Cities" is the rogue eighties hit that I am happily hung up on now.

This album feeds the head and the soul ... and it will, just possibly, steal your heart as well.