The Sparklers: "Secret Snow"
I bought The Sparklers' single, "Secret Snow", from Fantastic Records at the same time as that Ampersand record this past May. It's a pretty Wintery record – a Michigan band with a song called "Secret Snow", duh – so it didn't feel right to go raving about it back in the Springtime, so I've waited as long as I could to express my love for the single's a-side. Though snow may still be months off in the distance, the warm, Softies-esque female harmonies and beautiful violin-laden chorus, all set atop some quaint, Magnetic Fields-y electronics, already feel tons more affecting than they did almost four months ago. A proper rip of the single still eludes me, but hopefully this clip of the song will do just fine for now. Fantastic still has a bunch of copies of this, I think, so if you like what you hear then go pick one up – it's on clear red vinyl!