In 2009 Sparkadia frontman Alex Burnett joined CB in Darwin for a working holiday (with coconut shake benefits). The sweat, beer, frogs and Papuan soccer tournaments conspired to produce some smash hits. The highlight of these sessions was a sweet little song called ‘Mary’.
The Count flavoured the demo with a severe Juno 106 bass sound and dirty gospel samples. Alex took the results to London to magic up an album with Mark Tieku (Florence And The Machine, CocknBullKid), who kept a lot of the tracking and ideas, earning Countbounce co-production credits.
Check it: “Alex Burnett’s Sparkadia are set to release a limited edition 7” single, ‘Mary’, on Valentine’s Day through new independent label Gold Dust. Shot through with slivers of soulful Springsteen, rousing gospel and a faultless Florence + the Machine-worthy dose of dramatic street spirit, ‘Mary’ is powerful, intelligent pop music at it’s best.”