Sparkle Plenty

by Cathode

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Dream Feeder 06:35
Another Wish 06:19
Piper Alpha 04:58


"Sparkle Plenty" is the second album of experimental electronica from Cathode, from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

“Sparkle Plenty” finds Cathode coupling the precision and warmth of his debut album "Special Measures" (Expanding Records, 2004) with a richer sonic palette – for instance, the skittering improv percussion of “Dream Feeder”, the strings, flutes and piano of “Without Memory Or Desire”, or the battered acoustic guitar and ticking clocks of “Nightly Builds”. Centrepiece of the album is “Structure Hunger”, a juddering serialist-krautrock wonder, which has its origins in a collaborative project with film-maker Adam Finlay at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema to provide new soundtracks to a batch of vintage colour-saturated summertime movies.

The title “Sparkle Plenty” comes from developmental psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Daniel Stern’s work on infant development. “Sparkle Plenty” is his phrase for children whose way of coping with caregivers who are unresponsive or depressed is to “sparkle” – with lots of smiles, activity and excitement, that masks the child’s authentic (possibly much lonelier) emotional state. It’s an apposite title for the record; Cathode’s music has always been unashamedly about creating something beautiful, which acts to sweeten something that’s much more melancholy underneath.


released April 1, 2009

Written and recorded by Steve Jefferis. Vocal Sample on "Another Wish" by Lynne Patience. "Without Memory or Desire" written and recorded by Steve Jefferis and Andrew Hodson.


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Cathode Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Cathode is Steve Jefferis from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Cathode released two albums of precision-glitch electronics with a warm melodic sensibility for Expanding Records - "Special Measures” and "Sparkle Plenty". A compilation of singles and unreleased nuggets called "Before We Split Frequencies" is available too. ... more

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