Dark Night, White Knight

Odds are pretty good that the Dark Night Of The Soul collaboration was not going to be for everybody.  But now it’s for nobody.  Or is it everybody?

Such is life when you combine three very odd characters to produce “an album length piece of music by Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and a host of guest vocalists, along with a collection of orginal David Lynch photography inspired by and based on the music.”

The results of said collaboration were bound to be epic – it was just unknown if that meant mind-blowing or mind-numbing. 

And with some of my favorite artists (Black Francis, The Flaming Lips, & Iggy Pop) among the numerous “guest vocalists”, obviously I was hoping for the former. 

The great news is that this project delivers in spades.

Unfortunately, you can’t own it.  At least not legally.  Not now and maybe never.  As Billboard.com reports, “unspecified legal issues with EMI” have put the release on indefinite hiatus.

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A representative of Danger Mouse released the following statement: “Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is.”

To that end, the book of David Lynch still photos will still be available for purchase as a limited edition book, along with a blank CDR instead of the actual album.  All copies will be clearly labeled: “For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music.  Use it as you will.”

Truly either one of the most bizarre stories in modern music history or a great ploy to keep building the buzz around this album that has been generating excitement for months now in anticipation of its release.

The silver lining to this dark cloud, at least as of this writing, is that NPR is streaming the entire album for free and I’d highly recommend giving it a listen before the stream links expire. 

After that you can decide for yourself if that blank CDR is worth filling up with Dark Night‘s 13 tracks “by whatever means” you may find yourself acquiring them.

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~ by acm213 on May 16, 2009.

One Response to “Dark Night, White Knight”

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