My Red Scare
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"A gorgeous, slow moving and grand sounding record. Frankie creates a jazz/show tune feeling…his gorgeous voice evoking a wide range of emotions from sad to plain terrifying... Thrilling stuff.”

“A magical balance of brooding and minimal guitars that sweep and soar, cheap electronics and enveloping vocals that draw you in like a magnet, creating an unsettled and passionate mixture of poetic, grand and sinister stories of a troubled world, of alienation and insignificance and the struggle to conquer isolation and loneliness.”
The Crack

“My Red Scare is an album thick with imagery and unnerving ambience.”
Sadness in the Sky

"[A]n excellent collection of what I would possibly call dark, experimental folk music. It's like Sparo has taken traditional folk and then completely deconstructed it and added lots of new elements for something completely new."

"I can't imagine that these strange, moving songs aren't the result of years of experience and experimentation... It's a compelling mix of acoustic and electronic, of other-wordly soundscapes and back porch blues. Holding it all together is Sparo's unpolished, expressive voice and odd, melancholy lyrics."

Arena Hostile
(VPRO Radio Recordings)
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The thrilling and mysterious debut by Frankie Sparo is a dark and deconstructed affair, featuring lots of angular guitar, skittish electronics, and a throaty voice offering up some damn fine lyrical turns of phrase. My Red Scare is redolent with film noir atmosphere; vaguely sinister and paranoid at times, smoky and languid at others, the whole record exudes oblique intimacy and the unique sensibility of a true auteur. Recorded mostly in single takes on the 8-track tape deck at the original Hotel2Tango, the album serves up a diverse batch of songs that Mr. Sparo had been performing in front of a devoted and growing audience since he first moved to Montreal in 1997. With contributions by various Constellation musicians, the pieces range from spare acoustic guitar accompaniment to electric guitar and beatbox collisions to full-on orchestrations for strings and organ/percussion. Frankie channeled jazz and blues influences through his own inimitable sense of suspension and phrasing, full of deep breaths and pregnant pauses. At every point, the music is very much at the service of Sparo’s poetic voice; brilliant lyrical couplets slide off the tongue, revealing a discriminating eye turned with clinical attention towards mild betrayals, nagging neuroses, and the humble defiance borne of alienation and insecurity, the thrill and chill of insignificance, the battle between empathy and antipathy. Lonely, erudite songs from a true auteur.

Release date: 6 November 2000
Running time: 44:29

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1. Bastard Heart
2. My Stunning Debut
3. Dimish Me NYC
4. A Citizenís Farewell
5. Novak Again
6. The Loneliest Mademoiselle
7. Send For Me
8. This Side Of Her
9. If Youíre Fancy Free
10. Here Comes The Future
11. The Night That We Stayed In

Chad Jones: guitar, beats, voice

Efrim: glockenspiel
Ian: piano, organ
Jessica: violin
Sivan: drums

Recorded and mixed at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Thierry, Ian and Efrim, December 1999-June 2000. Mastered by Harris Newman.