This name of this Australian act might seem familiar to some. That's because it is. In 2008 Sparkadia released Postcards, and assured debut packed with the sort of beguiling guitar pop songs that other bands spend years trying to conjure. Sparkadia is now the name for a singular musical vision with Alex name checking David Bowie and Kate Bush as examples of how it can be.
Sparkadia is the project of alternative pop musician Alexander Burnett. Originally a band, Sparkadia formed in Sydney, Australia, in 2004. It became Burnett's solo project in 2009.
The band formed in Sydney in 2004 and were originally known as The Spark. The brainchild of Alexander Burnett (vocals, guitar) and Dave Hall (drums), Sparkadia became a reality with the addition of Nick Rabone (bass) and Josephine Ayling (keyboards, guitar, vocals) in 2006.
They first came into prominence in Australia with their debut EP titled Things Behind the Sun. The EP was released by Australian indie label, Boundary Sounds on 20 February 2007; with the lead single "Morning Light" being the No. 1 most downloaded track off Australian national broadcasters Triple J's website with 32,000 downloads in two months. This was followed by extensive Australian touring and led to signing with UK indie label Ark Recordings.
With a line-up change in 2008 with Tiffany Preece replacing Ayling, Sparkadia released their debut studio album, Postcards, on 31 May 2008. The album was recorded with producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode, Doves, Elbow) at Miloco Studios, London. The album peaked at No. 23 on the ARIA albums chart.
The debut single off the album Animals was The Guardian's single of the week and received rotation on BBC Radio One. This was followed by the release of the singles "Too Much to Do", "Jealousy" and "Morning Light".
Subsequent single "Too Much to Do" was B listed by Radio 2, played by everyone from Colin Murray to Terry Wogan, and earned accolades from Mojo, Q4 Music and The Guardian. All four singles received airplay on Australian radio station Triple J. In January 2009 Sparkadia's hit Jealousy was number 79 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2008.
The singles "Talking Like I'm Falling Down Stairs" (10 September 2010) and "China" (27 January 2011) were released in Australia and "Mary" (14 February 2011) was released in the UK ahead of their second album The Great Impression (18 March 2011).
Following the "The Great Impression" and "Mary" tours of 2011, Burnett was part of the Nick Cave "Straight to You" concert series organised by Triple J. He performed on many of the songs including his own rendition of the Boys Next Door, "Shivers" and the duet of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" with Lanie Lane. The subsequent live recording/DVD went onto win an ARIA in the 2012 awards.