Sparks Re-Sign to Island Records, Announce New Album 'The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte'

The duo released their breakthrough third album through the label almost 50 years ago

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 24, 2023

Nearly 50 years after their breakthrough 1974 album Kimono My House, Sparks have announced their return to Island Records for their 26th studio release.

The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte is set to arrive through the label on May 26. It follows the prolific duo of brothers Ron and Russell Mael's 2020 LP A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, as well as their soundtrack to the 2021 film Annette.

"Funny how things work!" said the Maels in a statement. "One of the most memorable periods for Sparks, the one that forever cemented our relationship with the UK and also exposed Sparks to a bigger audience around the world, was the '70s Island Records era. Chris Blackwell, Muff Winwood and co went all in on our album, Kimono My House, and released a truly non-conventional first single, 'This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us.' Their belief (and ours) proved right: that there was a place for both bold creativity and commerciality in pop music.

"And here we find ourselves in 2023, almost 50 years later, re-signing with Island Records, again with an album that we all feel is as bold and uncompromising as anything we did back then, or for that matter, anytime throughout our career," they continued. "We're happy that after so much time, we've reconnected with Island, sharing the same spirit of adventure that we all had way back when, but with our new album, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte." 

Island president Louis Bloom added, "Sparks have always been one of the most original, groundbreaking and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves. It's an honour and thrill having Sparks back on Island. Next year it will be 50 years since Island released Kimono My House. That album sounded like it came from the future and once again with The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else."

The brothers shared that they were back in the studio last summer, ahead of announcing new musical film X-Crucior.

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