Saturday, 16 May 2009

Dark Night of the Soul

Yay, it's a Saturday. I woke up this morning and thought it was Sunday, it's always nice when you realise you've got an extra day in the weekend isn't it?

Anyway, there's been news that Dangermouse (DJ, half of Gnarls Barkley) and Sparklehorse's nearly three year long collaboration album, Dark Night of the Soul, is not getting a release. Threeeeee years! The album's been labelled as 'one of the most mysterious release of 2009' but due to 'unspecified legal issues with EMI', there may never be a hard copy available for release as our artists run the risk of being sued.

If EMI and the producers do not come to an agreement, it has been said that, as an act of defiance, the album will be shipped containing a hand-numbered, 100+ page photobook and a blank, recordable CD. Every copy will be clearly labelled with 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.' Quite handily, there will also be website notes to download all tracks of the album on to the CD. Quite a middle finger to EMI, I guess.

On top of that, there's a load of big names featuring on the album; Julian Casablancas (Strokes) [New album later this year!!], Frank Black (Pixies), Iggy Pop, James Mercer (The Shins), The Flaming Lips and more. As mentioned earlier, there will also be photography inspired by and based on the album which has been taken and compiled by David Lynch and is supposed to provide a visual narrative to the music. Check out the whole collaboration and the backstory
here or listen to some of the tracks below:

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Everytime I'm With You (feat. Jason Lytle)

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)


Sparklehorse - Sad and Beautiful World

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