Indigo Sparke's upcoming album Hysteria is an astonishing listen, written in the dead center of grieving a relationship directly after it ended. Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, the album (out October 7) builds on Sparke's 2021 debut Echo (produced by Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief) with the title track offering a window into Sparke's maximalist feelings and stunning vocals.
It's notable that a song about uncontrollable emotions feels this cogent and serene. The "Hysteria" video brings a little of the manic energy in the subtext higher into the mix though as Sparke, decked out in full wedding regalia, runs through the streets of New York.
"This song is about being inside of love, right at the edge of hysteria," Sparke says in a statement. "There is often an axis point in things. A place where things can tip into chaos or become unhinged. A marker point. As beautiful and turbulent as these moments are, sometimes it’s hard to return from them to a place that makes sense and feels safe. I think for so long and maybe still, sometimes, I find it hard to keep my balance in love. So many fireworks. So many sorries. So much hope. So much deep yearning. So much joy. So much poignant reflection in the tidal pools of intimacy. This song was the birthplace of the whole album. I had this song and the title before the rest found a home inside of this world too. I am still trying to unravel the bitter sweet nature of love and longing. What it means to truly let go. What it means to truly love."
Sparke is currently on tour opening for The National and has a co-headline tour with Aoife Nessa Frances scheduled for late fall. See beneath for dates.
Indigo Sparke live:
9/22 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner *
9/23 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater *
9/24 - Harrisburg, PA @ Riverfront Park *
11/29 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^
11/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's ^
12/1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool ^
12/2 - Boston, MA @ Mid East Club ^
12/3 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz ^
12/5 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake ^
12/7 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout ^
12/9 - Seattle, WA @ The Sunset ^
12/11 - Portland, OR @ Miss Studio ^
12/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill ^
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers ^
* w/ The National
^ w/ Aoife Nessa Frances