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Sparks announce new record Hippopotamus, share title track

28 March 2017, 10:17 | Written by Laurence Day

Pop stalwarts Sparks have announced new record Hippopotamus, shared the lead single/title track, and detailed a grand run of live dates.

Brothers Ron and Russell Mael recorded the album in Los Angeles, which was previewed in part at their recent show as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow.

The album follows 2009's The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, plus their recent-ish festive tune, and acclaimed collaboration with Scottish art-rockers Franz Ferdinand, FFS.

In related news, it was revealed this month that Sparks would be writing music for a musical film directed by French director Leos Carax (who has a guest turn on their new LP) and starring both Rihanna and Adam Driver.


  1. Probably Nothing
  2. Missionary Position
  3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
  4. Scandinavian Design
  5. Giddy Giddy
  6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
  7. Unaware
  8. Hippopotamus
  9. Bummer
  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 (ft. Leos Carax)
  13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
  14. A Little Bit Like Fun
  15. Life With The Macbeths
Hippopotamus is out 8 September via Sony BMG.
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