Sparks return with ‘Hippopotamus’ animated music video

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Sparks return with ‘Hippopotamus’ animated music video

Californian sibling duo Ron and Russell Mael, known collectively as Sparks, are gearing up to release their new album Hippopotamus via BMG in September of this year. In anticipation of the new release the band, whose prior hits include ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both of Us’, ‘Amateur Hour’ and ‘Beat the Clock’, have released an animated video for the title track ‘Hippopotamus’:

The video is helmed by British filmmaker/animator Scott Peters, whose prior work includes music promos for The Shins, Delta Heavy and Aqualung as well as documentaries and commercial work for clients including Jessie J, Enter Shikari, Airbnb, Adidas, HTC, and the BBC among others.

The band have announced the latest release in the form of an atypical press release that brings fans up to speed with what the pair have been up to since their last studio album, presented as an ongoing comic strip drawn by writer/cartoonist David Waywell (click below for full-res):

A taste of the new material on offer was given to fans during a live performance at last week’s 6 Music Festival in Glasgow, with a full tour to commence this August.

The Hippopotamus single is out now with the full album available for pre-order, to be released September 8th, 2017. For more info on Sparks visit

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Ben Mitchell is a Bristol-based animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and graphic novelist. As a freelancer he has produced animation work for CBeebies, Channel 4, Plymptoons, Somethin'...

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