Santiago Street Machine, Spark (Album)


Manchester trio Santiago Street Machine released their long awaited debut album a couple of weeks ago and it packs the genre blending innovation and songwriting talent which made us fall for them in the first place. The bands anthemic, indie electro dance pop singles Holes, Sinking Stone and Noisemaker make for a blistering start and throw down a fat, melodic, beat and bass driven marker for the rest of the album.

As with the recently released No Ceremony/// album, the most striking thing about Spark is the unexpected dynamics throughout. The instrumental prog-house of Face Your Fear sits between the snarling indie rock bass growl of Dr Hoax and the ghostly, breathy ambience of Ethereal while closing track Feet Will Follow is a venture into the yearning, emotional depth and warmth not previously hinted at in any of the bands high octane festival ready singles.

One for fans of electronic music, indie music, pop music, good music; Spark delivers as big a sound as we've come to expect from Santiago Street Machine but with more depth, dynamics and creativity than we could have hoped for. Radio ready singles such as the outrageously infectious Sinking Stone sit within a coherent and considered explosion of excited energy. It's a quick, tricky young debutant with the experience and vision of a senior pro to make it all just work.

Spark is out now through Hijacker Records and is available to stream in full below.