Offbeatism

Dark Night of the Soul

About the album [Billboard]
One of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009, “Dark Night of the Soul” is a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and critically acclaimed psych-rock act, Sparklehorse. However, due to unspecified legal issues with EMI, the project’s official release has been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus.

Cast of contemporary artists to lend their vocals include the Flaming Lips, Black Francis of the Pixies, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, James Mercer of the Shins, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Nina Persson of the Cardigans, cryptic Southern songwriter Vic Chesnutt, avant-folk icon Suzanne Vega, punk titan Iggy Pop and even Lynch himself. [Hear entire album]

About the book [powerHouse Books]
To create the images that accompany the music, Danger Mouse chose David Lynch who is known for revealing the gripping horror beneath suburban banality. Lynch crafts eerie beauty from the most irregular of elements and for Dark Night of the Soul, he delivers a gorgeous, hypnotic series of photographs.

This captivating project explores and escapes the reality of the world. The book package includes the full sequence of Lynch’s images, a foreword by Danger Mouse, selected lyrics and an art-printed CD-R (in replacement of unreleased album), in a run of only 5000 copies.

About the exhibition [OHWOW]
The stunning and haunting photographs from this groundbreaking project will be showcased on December 2, 2009 at Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition consists of over 50 original Lynch photographs, displayed alongside the accompanying soundtrack. Seven limited edition prints of each photograph will be available for purchase.

About the collaborators
Danger Mouse is an eleven-time Grammy Award nominated; two-time Grammy Award winning artist and producer. He has created a diverse body of work, including albums with Beck, the Black Keys, Gorillaz and his own hugely successful band Gnarls Barkley. He was recently named one of Esquire’s 75 most influential people of the 21st Century.

Sparklehorse is Mark Linkous, a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. He has released four acclaimed albums and collaborated with Tom Waits, the Flaming Lips, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and many others.

Filmmaker David Lynch has twice won France’s César Award and served as President of the jury at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where he won the Palme d’Or. He has received a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival and four Academy Award nominations as Best Director for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for The Elephant Man.

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Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

November 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

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