Very sad news from the pages of Rolling Stone:
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous has committed suicide, his publicist confirms to Rolling Stone. Best known for his acclaimed work with Sparklehorse, who released four albums of imaginative ambient psych-folk, Linkous also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul.
Sparklehorse defined great swathes of the music I listened to in the last decade; I have memories of consciously thinking that I would write specific essays for my MA to read something like the band sounded. The Rolling Stone write-up is pretty good, and has plenty of links to further reading. I was also pleased to see the story made the BBC.