Dark Night of the Soul is the long awaited collaboration between Grammy-winning producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) and Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous. The songs were penned by Mouse and Horse who enlisted a myriad of great talent to collaborate on the tracks — James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils.
Filmmaker David Lynch was approached to create visuals inspired by the tracks, but by the time the photography book was complete, the album was snagged in major-label red tape and its release was up in the air. Last year, Danger Mouse released a limited edition book of Lynch’s photos with a blank CD, on which fans could track down and burn the album from the web. Dark Night of the Soul was officially released on July 13.
The album is amazing artistry converging. It touches all senses and it has been one of my favorite albums since I tracked it down last year. Between the recording and release of the album, sadly, we lost Sparklehorse Mark Linkous to suicide. I have been a fan for years and appreciate what he’s left behind.
The official site for Dark Night of the Soul.
The album is currently streaming in its entirety (through August 5) on KCRW.com.
The show of David Lynch’s photography is currently on exhibit in NYC at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Here are some images from the show.