One of the most exciting collaborative albums of the year has been pulled due to a threat of legal action from EMI. "Dark Night of the Soul," a collaboration between Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch, was originally revealed via a very cryptic poster. The project was due to be released with a book featuring photographs by cult film director David Lynch, but due to an "ongoing dispute" between Danger Mouse and his label, EMI, the musical part of the project will have to be pulled.
The thirteen track album features an all-star cast including Black Francis, The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, and Gruff Rhys. The release of 500 limited edition copies of the book with still go ahead next month, and will now come with a blank cd reading " For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."
In a clear condemnation of EMI, and a hint at what to do with your free CD-R if you get the chance, Danger Mouse has made a statement saying he hopes that "people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited as he is." Those in L.A. will be able to hear it, by visiting an exhibition in the Michael Kohn Gallery, which will showcase the photographs alongside the music.
The full and excellent tracklist of "Dark Night Of The Soul" is below, not that it matters anymore:
'Revenge' (featuring The Flaming Lips)
'Just War' (featuring Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals)
'Jaykub' (featuring Jason Lytle, formerly of Grandaddy)
'Little Girl (featuring Julian Casablancas of The Strokes)
'Angel's Harp' (featuring Frank Black)
'Pain' (featuring Iggy Pop)
'Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It)' (featuring David Lynch)
'Everytime I'm With You' (featuring Jason Lytle)
'Insane Lullaby' (featuring James Mercer of The Shins)
'Daddy's Gone' (featuring Nina Persson)
'The Man Who Played God' (featuring Suzanne Vega)
'Grim Augury' (featuring Vic Chestnutt)
'Dark Night Of The Soul' (featuring David Lynch)
Check out the trailer below. It has David Lynch written all over it - super creepy in only sixteen seconds.
**Update: Unsurprisingly, Dark Night of the Soul is now reported to have leaked online, appearing on various websites including that of America's revered National Public Radio.**