The collaboration between Danger Mouse and the late Sparklehorse has finally come to fruition with the release of the album Dark Night Of the Soul set for 9th July.
The record sees the pair joined by the following remarkable roll call of guests: The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Iggy Pop, David Lynch, James Mercer, Nina Persson, Suzanne Vega and Vic Chesnutt.
Rumours of this mysterious collaborative project began to circulate in early 2009 sparking widespread anticipation and excitement.
But while Dark Night Of The Soul was birthed as both a limited edition art book with enclosed blank CDR and an audio-visual gallery installation, its music was never officially made available.
The news of the release, however, is shadowed by sadness following the recent passing of Mark Linkous, who released and performed under Sparklehorse. Linkous took his own life on March 6th in his Nashville home.
Mark’s family have issued the following statement about the release and creation of Dark Night Of The Soul:
“Mark felt that it was an honour to be able to collaborate with so many of the artists on this record. His time and dedication to this project was immense and his hopes for its release are finally being realized. We are glad that people will now be able to hear these songs and know the beautiful gift that Mark shared with all of us through his music.”
Additionally, David Lynch has created a series of original photographs for the album which is set to add a spectacular visual dimension to the project.