Directed by Brook Linder, the eponymous film presents a glimpse into the world of Malkmus, cutting together performance footage with the songwriter working on his tennis swing and riding horses.
“I have long been a Malkmus fan, and for years have thought very hard about what I would make with him given the opportunity,” Linder said in a statement. “He’s such a unique character and there’s obviously so much history involved — making anything at all seemed pretty formidable. To me he is mysterious and nothing is obvious.”
Linder first saw Malkmus play solo at Pitchfork Fest in 2017, a performance he describes as “so raw and funny and vulnerable and felt rare and weird. I wanted to capture that side of Malkmus somehow — to grab the mundane details of his life — and it turns out they’re as enigmatic as he is.”
Sparkle Hard officially arrives May 18 through Matador. The band have also mapped out a North American support tour, which you can find further details on here.