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The eerie and terrifying beauty of an electrical transformer exploding in a lightning storm was the inspiration for Migi Artugue’s musical alias Too Long Sparks. It is a suitable moniker for a project which builds dark, ambient pop songs with beautifully discordant guitars and ukuleles, looping layers of live and found sounds, while Migi’s expressive tenor lilts from narcotized falsetto to the occasional unfettered roar.
You can definitely detect a bit of punk influence when you listen to Too long Sparks. Migi started playing in punk bands in the Bay Area in his early twenties, landing gigs opening for the Didjits, the pre-Rancid UK Subs, Fitz of Depression and many more. A return to the Pacific Northwest brought new influences and ideas about the conventions of songwriting and the blurring of genre boundaries.
A short tour in Australia in 2013 made it quite clear that the playfully dark pop of Too Long Sparks can be as universally loved and awe inspiring as an electrical storm on warm, cozy night.