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Editor’s Pick #255: Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul by elizabethvogt

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul

PREVIEW: STREAM Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul

While suffering the last leg of a severe bout of depression in 2005, Mark Linkous–a.k.a. Sparklehorse–finally found solace in Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album. Soon after, the two met and Danger Mouse contributed a few tracks to Sparklehorse‘s 2006 release Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain. As was expected, rumors of a collaboration between the two artists began to circulate.

The result? Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul, a hauntingly beautiful collaboration album released in May of 2009 featuring indie rock legends such as The Flaming Lips, James Mercer of The Shins and Julian Casablancas. Originally, the album was to be sold along with a book of Sparklehorse-and-Danger-Mouse-inspired photographs by director David Lynch. After a copyright dispute with EMI records, however, the release of a hardcopy to the public was null and void except for free streaming and (unfortunately) illegal downloading.

It’s such a shame that Dark Night of the Soul never really got to see the light of the day because it’s honestly an excellent album. It has the perfect balance of upbeat indie-pop and somewhat dark electronica. Lucky for you, I just so happen to have the link to NPR’s free streaming of the album. Bonus: you can actually download each track individually. Oh, and the title track–somehow featuring David Lynch–and “Revenge” featuring The Flaming Lips are two of the most gorgeous songs I’ve heard in a while, so definitely give them a listen.

–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front Of Book Editor

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