Strange one this. Easily one of the best albums of the year so far, Danger Mouse‘s ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ will be released in a lavish $50 package, featuring a glossy David Lynch collated booklet, a blank CD and, er, that’s about it.
“All copies will be clearly labeled: ‘For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will,’ ” a spokesperson for Danger Mouse said.
Danger Mouse has fallen out big style with EMI. Or rather, EMI has fallen out big style with Danger Mouse. Ever since his online Grey Album phenomena, when his re-working of the Beatles White Album with Jay Z hit the virtual streets he’s been out of favour with the label.
And it seems EMI won’t release the finished album in it’s current state. A press release was posted all over the internet a day or so ago:
“Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night Of The Soul without fear of being sued by EMI.”
The music is absolutely fantastic. Weird, wired and strangely psychedelic, every track features a cameo from some of alternative music’s highest profile movers and shakers. Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Julian Casablancas, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle….I could go on.
The first track, Revenge, features Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne. It sounds like a 21st century take on Pink Floyd’s ‘Us & Them’. And I mean that in a good way. Super Furry Rent-a-mumbler Gruff Rhys contributes vocals to atrack called Just War which, hard as it may seem to believe (given that SFA have just released a top notch album themselves) is better than anything on said album. Nina Persson (sigh) gets 2 shots on the album. Daddy’s Gone could be the poppiest track on it. A countrified acoustic groover with harmonies, a string section and a woozy Beatles guitar riff every now and again. In short, about a zillion miles away from the sort of hip hop you might expect Danger Mouse to be fashioning on his laptop.
It’ll be a crying shame if the abum remains unreleased, although it can be found in all the usual places if you look hard enough. If you like the 3 tracks above, go seek it out.