Hark Madley’s Debut EP Glows Like John Glenn’s Fireflies

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“My status is excellent,” American astronaut John Glenn declares in a transmission to NASA’s control center during the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight, the first to transport a man around the Earth. When Glenn sees the sun rise behind him as he hovers above the planet, he describes mysterious particles which became known as ‘fireflies’ that floated around the ship, glowing like nothing he’d ever seen before, according to the official transcript for the mission. The message echoes into the technicolor ether of Hark Madley’s debut EP, beginning with the track named after the affectionate title of Glenn’s mission: Friendship 7.

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