WELCOME CRUMMY MYSTICS (CONSTELLATION)
Frankie Sparo's third release is a little masterpiece of highly original, stylistically diverse songwriting.
Sparo's debut record, My Red Scare was comprised mostly of songs played solo, unadorned, wrought only from guitar, voice and beatbox.
The two years between saw forays into broader instrumentation and collaborations with additional players.
A tour with Silver Mt. Zion yielded a set of string and digital arrangements (some of which are documented on a 2001 EP Arena Hostile) and many of these same players contributed to the songs on Welcome Crummy Mystics.
Meanwhile, an official second member in the person of N. Moss (piano, keyboards, backing vox) joined the fray and her playing, singing and arranging can be heard throughout this record.