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Sparks return to Island Records and announce new album The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte

24 January 2023, 11:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Sparks have announced that they've re-signed to Island Records, and have also shared news of their forthcoming album The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte.

After teasing a new album for 2023 in November last year, Sparks have announced The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, their follow-up to 2020's A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.

As well as sharing news of their upcoming album, Sparks have returned to Island Records nearly 50 years on from their original deal with the label.

Sparks, aka Ron and Russell Mael, said, "Funny how things work! One of the most memorable periods for Sparks, the one that forever cemented our relationship with the UK and also exposed Sparks to a bigger audience around the world, was the 70s Island Records era. Chris Blackwell, Muff Winwood, and Co. went all in on our album, Kimono My House, and released a truly non-conventional first single, "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us". Their belief (and ours) proved right: that there was a place for both bold creativity and commerciality in pop music. And here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career. We're happy that after so much time, we've reconnected with Island, sharing the same spirit of adventure that we all had way back when, but with our new album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte."

Island Records President Louis Bloom added, "Sparks have always been one of the most original, ground-breaking and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves. It’s an honour and thrill having Sparks back on Island. Next year it will be 50 years since Island released Kimono My House. That album sounded like it came from the future and once again with The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else."

Sparks will release their new album The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte on 26 May via Island Records.

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