“think Sesame Street brought to you by the letters L,S and D” -NME
“combining Dr Seuss whimsy, classical miniaturism and the archest humours – with an invitation to dance – Ron and Russel Mael return as only they can” -MOJO
“while it’s hard to 'miss' a phenomenon as eternally out of place as Sparks, it’s still good to have them back” -The Guardian ‘Track of the Week’
“Welcome back you lovely disco oddballs” -Music Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (May 16, 2017) - Sparks (featuring Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael) have just released "What The Hell Is It This Time?", the new single from the highly-anticipated album Hippopotamus (due September 8, 2017). Sparks are famed for writing songs about unlikely subjects and do not disappoint with "What The Hell Is It This Time?" – “an often uttered phrase when people listen to a new Sparks song,” according to Ron Mael.
Recorded in Los Angeles, Hippopotamus sees Sparks take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous, fresh, and idiosyncratically ‘Sparks.' Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock”, and internationally-acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.
The title track "Hippopotamus" was first played on BBC Radio 6 Music after Sparks' set at the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow. The song was received with delight on its March 24 release. Together, the two songs "Hippopotamus" and "What The Hell Is It This Time?" are now available for instant download with the full album pre-order. CLICK HERE for all pre-order options.
You can watch the official "What The Hell Is It This Time?" music video below.
“modern, sly and subversive. Still relevant” -Scottish Daily Mail
“some of the most life-affirming and attention-grabbing pop singles of all time….Sparks lyrics reach the parts which other bands wouldn’t even think to explore” -The Scotsman
“a fantastic set filled with quirky electronica” -Louder Than War
“The Mael Brothers’ talent never seems to wane” -The Sunday Herald
01. Probably Nothing
02. Missionary Position
03. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
04. Scandinavian Design
05. Giddy Giddy 06. What The Hell Is It This Time?
07. Unaware 08. Hippopotamus
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You're A French Director (featuring Leos Carax)
13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Macbeths