Music legends Sparks will release new album ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’ on May 26th.
The band have come full circle, signing to Island Records – the same imprint who released their iconic run of 70s projects. Moving from outsider pop to glam to disco, the relationship turned Sparks into an internationally known project.
Ron and Russell Mael return to Island Records, and will release a new album this year. Out on May 26th, ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’ follows successful 2020 album ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ – indeed, the band’s film work has introduced them to a whole new audience, a fresh generation ready to explore their catalogue.
Ron and Russell Mael comment…
“Funny how things work! One of the most memorable periods for Sparks, the one that forever cemented our relationship with the UK and also exposed Sparks to a bigger audience around the world, was the 70s Island Records era.
Chris Blackwell, Muff Winwood, and Co. went all in on our album, ‘Kimono My House’, and released a truly non-conventional first single, ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’. Their belief (and ours) proved right: that there was a place for both bold creativity and commerciality in pop music.
And here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career. We’re happy that after so much time, we’ve reconnected with Island, sharing the same spirit of adventure that we all had way back when, but with our new album, ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte.’
For his part, Louis Bloom – Island President – is delighted to welcome Sparks back into the fold. He says…
Sparks have always been one of the most original, ground-breaking and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves. It’s an honour and thrill having Sparks back on Island. Next year it will be 50 years since Island released ‘Kimono My House’. That album sounded like it came from the future and once again with ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else.
Finally, Sparks manager Sue Harris comments:
Levels of interest in Sparks, worldwide, have never been so high. In part this is due to the releases of the Edgar Wright directed documentary The Sparks Brothers and Annette, the musical film Ron and Russell wrote, but it is also due to their seemingly inexhaustible creativity and sheer hard work. Each album is more ambitious, each tour larger and more far reaching. It was important to partner with a label who could match the band’s ambition on a global scale.
Sparks will release new album ‘The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte’ on May 26th.