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Frankie Sparo
Arena Hostile

A few tracks from Frankie Sparo’s debut LP My Red Scare get reworked for new EP Arena Hostile. Originally taped for Dutch radio, this record sees Sparo’s originals fleshed out by a backing band that includes members of A Silver Mt. Zion. With new musicians in tow the likes of ‘Here Comes The Future’ and ‘Diminish Me NYC’ turn into weird anti-songs reminiscent of Slint and The Magnetic Fields. There’s also a Rolling Stones cover to close out Arena Hostile.

Frankie Sparo
My Red Scare

Not to be confused with Sam Sparro (he of ‘Black And Gold’ fame), Montreal-based singer-songwriter Frankie Sparo released his debut LP My Red Scare through a then-young Constellation Records back in 2000. The album is an impressionistic set of Americana, folk and ambient textures from a time when those things were just starting to come back into fashion. A mournful and often pretty record, My Red Scare can be filed alongside your Bill Callahan and Jessica Bailiff tomes.