"Sparklehorse" is a rock music group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous.
Essentially, Linkous ''is'' Sparklehorse (in much the same way that Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails). Linkous records much of Sparklehorse's material in his home studio, and his vision (primarily "one of haunted beauty", wrote Kevin Caulfield http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=sparklehorse) guides Sparklehorse. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Minor is a frequent collaborator.
Much of Sparklehorse's music has an introspective, melancholy feel, which Linkous credits to a chemical imbalance. His lyrics are full of odd imagery: Joe Tangari describes Linkous' songs as "defiantly surrealist ... with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies ... In fact, some of the lyrics are so surreal that it's hard to imagine they're even metaphors for anything."http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/s/sparklehorse/its-a-wonderful-life.shtml