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Shelflife presents the second album from The Treasures of Mexico entitled Everything Sparks Joy on compact disc and digital format on October 5. The Treasures of Mexico is a current project from Mark Matthews and Bob Collins from the legendary UK band The Dentists.

Some words about Everything Sparks Joy from Mark

As a songwriter, you are often prone to "idea clutter" - at least those of us who operate untethered out in the wide-open spaces of music. (Oh, to be locked in Abbey Road for six months within an infinite budget and access to the great musicians of the world!) Ideas can come at the most inappropriate times and they're not always good ones, so the trick is to note them, develop them, keep them safe or ignore them for short while and then when you're ready, constantly tinker with them until you can tinker no more or it becomes apparent that you have created either a masterpiece or a dead duck. Nurture is my nature. If they continue to sound interesting, if they continue to spark joy then you can move to stage two and summon the courage to share them with other people and turn them into songs that you'd be happy to share with the world. The nirvana as a songwriter is that everything you share sparks joy, but clearly that's unlikely and the key then becomes the confidence to throw out or ditch things that do not.

There's a book by Marie Kondo called Spark Joy and while I haven't read it, I understand its principles and they make a lot of sense. Keep your life tidy, don't surround yourself with clutter, make sure that everything in your house has at least the potential to spark joy or bring a smile to your face. Don't be weighed down by objects and possession that add no value. If they're not bringing anything to the party, get rid, throw out, eject, bin. You only have room for so much stuff in your life. I must do that with songs. I must listen and re-listen and ask and question and challenge and if I'm left holding something that has even the slightest element of doubt surrounding it, I have to let go...

So simply put, that's what we've done here. Some songs never left the bedroom, some made it as far as the 8-track, some then couldn't negotiate the discerning ears of Bob and Russ, and then some were launched into the open sea of the studio but simply didn't hold water and sunk. We've worked on the surviving songs over the last few months, and we've shared thoughts and suggestions until we've reached a point where we can hold them in our hands and say as confidentially as we can that Everything Sparks Joy.

For fans of: The Dentists, The Ocean Blue, The Bats, The Feelies, Teenage Fanclub

The Treasures of Mexico
Everything Sparks Joy

Release date: October 5, 2018
Catalogue number: LIFE163
Pressing: compact disc and digital
Artwork by: Shelflife

1. She'll Never Get Over Me
2. Super Cute
3. Here's A List of Everyone I Know
4. All The Secrets I Am Keeping
5. Don’t Need Water
6. Avalanche
7. The Last Thing
8. Wings
9. Winner Stays On
10. Then I Saw Your Eyes
11. Time Stops
12. Dream On

Cover art hi-res