Narrow Sparrow is a new name in Chicago, and their first effort, “Joe Meek’s Dream,” is a beautiful piece of electro-pop. The song, an ode to the 60s writer/producer of strange, often space-themed songs, features a theremin, which mimics Meek’s go-to instrument, the clavoline. Just compare the first 45 seconds of this track with Joe Meek’s most famous composition, “Telstar.” Everything about “Joe Meek’s Dream” screams, well, Joe Meek. Whether you see it in the early 60s chord progression or in the atmospheric, spacey noises that give it that touch of weird that Meek couldn’t live without, his influence is present throughout.
The song alludes to Meek’s obsession with the idea that a dead Buddy Holly was trying to communicate with him in his dreams. In the video, you’ll see newspaper clippings about his death (he killed his landlady and himself on the anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death).
“Joe Meek’s Dream,” for being about one downer of a subject sure is a happy and hook-laiden tune, and although this is their only release so far, they’ve won me over for now.
Narrow Sparrow is up for Deli Chicago’s Artist of the Month. If you enjoy “Joe Meek’s Dream,” take a few seconds (literally) to vote for them here.