Friday, June 12, 2009

dark night of the soul by david lynch, danger mouse, and sparklehorse

You can't legally obtain what might be the coolest album of the year. Which is a shame really, middle-of-the-night music this atmospherically weird and affecting should not sit on a shelf.

A meeting of minds between Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Dark Night of The Soul was originally created as a soundtrack to a David Lynch photography collection. Of course, due to an unrevealed legal tangle the book and exhibition (through July 11th) are flying solo.

Again, a shame. Shouldn't every artist earn a little latte money for his work?

Taking Dark Night of the Soul for a spin is not unlike experiencing your favorite David Lynch film. With track guests ranging from sweet-voiced Nina Persson (The Cardigans), to every-man Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), to career weirdo Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), there's a marked sense that somewhere, buried under layers of electronic atmospherics and an overwhelming sense of foreboding, there's a narrative.

While it may take a few over-zealous film scholars to get to the bottom of narrative specifics, themes are evident -- even to the layman. While Iggy Pop questions the very nature of existence and man's relationship with God on "Pain," Jason Lytle experiences romantic pain via a dysfunctional relationship in "Everytime I'm With You." Vic Chesnutt goes into old memories in not one but two songs, sounding almost wistful for his painful memories and dreams, a Norman Rockwell painting. This is, in short, a highly stylized meditation on all the painful dark emotions and ugly feelings -- you know, the pain that drives us to funnel our quasi-artistic rages into drinking, generalized exhortations of angst, or creating self-deprecating music blogs. Jealous? Wait...I bet there's a song for that too.

Stream Dark Night of the Soul here.

mp3: "Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)" by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
mp3: "Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)" by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
Edit: like we said. You can't get it legally!

1 comment:

doublelibra said...

This album is streaming on NPR here:
Love it!!!