Watch Cate Blanchett dance in new Sparks video

A screengrab from the Sparks video
(Image credit: Sparks/YouTube)

Art-rockers Sparks have released a video for the title track of their 26th studio album, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte. The clip was directed by Sparks' Ron and Russell Mael alongside Edgar Wright protégé Richie Starzec, and features a dancing performance double Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett, who choreographed the video.  

“We met Cate Blanchett in Paris at the César Awards last year, little knowing that a year later, one of the great actors of our time (and a splendid person!) would graciously consent to lending her bootie-shaking skills to the first video from our new album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte," say the Mael brothers. "Dreams really do come true. We will sleep well tonight knowing that forever we can say we co-starred in a film with Cate Blanchett!”

The album The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte will be released on May 26, and coincides with the start of a European tour from Sparks, which kicks off three days earlier in Oxford and includes two shows at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. The band will also be playing shows in The US, Canada and Japan. Full dates below. 

“We are thrilled to be back on tour again and to be able to share our joy with so many Sparks fans around the world,” say Sparks. “See you all soon! It’s a Sparks show, a Sparks show, a Sparks show tonight!”

Sparks 2023 tour dates

May 23: Oxford New Theatre, UK
May 24: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, UK
May 26: Glasgow SEC Armadillo, UK
May 27: Manchester Bridgewater Hall, UK
May 29: London Royal Albert Hall, UK
May 30: London Royal Albert Hall, UK
Jun 02: Barcelona Primavera Sound, Spain
Jun 08: Madrid Primavera Sound Madrid, Spain
Jun 10: Porto Primavera Sound Porto, Portugal
Jun 13: Paris Le Grand Rex, France
Jun 14: Utrecht TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal, Netherlands
Jun 16: Copenhagen Store Vega, Denmark
Jun 18: Berlin Tempodrom, Germany
Jun 20: Brussels Cirque Royal, Belgium
Jun 22: Wolverhampton The Civic at The Halls, UK
Jun 27: New York Beacon Theatre, NY, USA
Jun 28: Philadelphia Keswick Theatre, PA, USA
Jun 30: Washington Lincoln Theatre, DC, USA
Jul 01: Boston The Wilbur, MA, USA
Jul 03: Toronto Danforth Music Hall ON, Canada
Jul 05: Chicago Copernicus Center IL, USA
Jul 06: Milwaukee Pabst Theater WI, USA
Jul 08: Kansas City Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, MO, USA
Jul 09: Boulder Theater, CO, USA
Jul 12: Dallas Texas Theatre, TX, USA
Jul 13: Austin ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, TX, USA
Jul 16: Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl CA, USA
Jul 24: Osaka Namba Hatch, Japan
Jul 25: Tokyo Line Cube Shibuya, Japan

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The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte tracklist

1 The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
2 Veronica Lake
3 Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is
4 Escalator
5 The Mona Lisa's Packing, Leaving Late Tonight
6 You Were Meant For Me
7 Not That Well-Defined
8 We Go Dancing
9 When You Leave
10 Take Me For A Ride
11 It's Sunny Today
12 A Love Story
13 It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
14 Gee, That Was Fun

The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte cover art

(Image credit: Island Records)
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.