I think I’m a little late to the table on this one, since I just heard about the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album “Dark Night of the Soul” & it’s consequent shelving by EMI. Danger Mouse did not, obviously, endear himself to EMI when he made the Grey Album, but the ignorance of record companies to see the forest through the trees is becoming maddeningly ridiculous. So Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse have decided to release the 100 page booklet filled with pictures taken by David Lynch (who also shows up on one of the tracks) & a blank CD-R so that you may seek out the music & burn it for yourself. Now where, you may ask, might you find such a place where the music will be available? More on that a bit later.
Filled with artists such as: Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, James Mercer, Suzanne Vega, Black Francis, Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Lytle & Nina Persson. Dark Night of the Soul is destined to be a classic album if only classically underground. With the advent of the internet keeping an amazing album like this under wraps for long must be extremely difficult, but when BOTH artists want this album to be heard it’s downright impossible.
This is Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse’s opus. Their Sgt. Pepper, if you will. It is melodically beautiful & lyrically spectacular. The perfect mix of the two brilliant artists & their accompanying vocalists. Perhaps, it is just another amazing marketing scheme to garner a little more public interest before the album is eventually released, but for the time being take that CD-R and burn the album right here on the De Mello Theory.
Revenge – Featurning Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips
Star Eyes – Featuring David Lynch
Every Time I’m With You – Featuring Jason Lytle
The Man Who Played God – Featuring Suzanne Vega
Grim Augury – Featuring Vic Chesnutt
Dark Night of the Soul – Featuring Vic Chesnutt & David Lynch