Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dark Night of the Soul

Danger Mouse has combined forces with Sparklehorse to create the emotional and interesting album, Dark Night of the Soul. The album contains guest musicians such as: Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), all of the Flaming Lips, Nina Persson (Cardigans), Iggy Pop, James Mercer (the Shins), Frank Black (the Pixies) and more. Apparently due to legal issues with EMI, Danger Mouse is releasing a blank, recordable CD-R with a book full of visuals by David Lynch, all of which were inspired by the music. The blank CD is supposed to encourage fans to download the music online from any source and record it themselves onto the CD. It's all in the hands of the trusty internet now.

So far, the first song, "Revenge", has wrenched my heart. Wayne Coyne (the Flaming Lips) provides the vocals. It could possibly contain all the Flaming Lips but I can't find any official information to back that up. It's a slow melody that kind of reminds me of Air's "Playground Love" and Radiohead's "Talk Show Host" combined together; very nice. The next song that has really stood out to me is "Little Girl", which features Julian Casablancas (the Strokes). Maybe it's because I'm nostalgic for the slightly unenthusiastic voice of Casablancas but whatever it is, it feels really good to hear his voice mutter realistically sad lyrics in my ears, again.

You can stream the whole album here. Also, I've provided two downloads below.

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)

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