It was announced last week that the joint project of Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch would not be released due to the threat of legal action from EMI (Danger Mouse’s current label). However despite this effective banning of the album it has reportedly been leaked online 2 months before it’s scheduled release date.
The album entitled Dark Night Of The Soul contains guest appearances from Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop and Frank Black has appeared on numerous websites including USA’s National Public Radio. Although the album isn’t available to download, it can be listened to in its entirety for free. Check it out here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585
It is currently unknown whether the album will remain available to listen for the forseeable future. Currently though Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse are planning to release a blank CD-R with a label stating For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will’. It will be accompanied by a book though by David Lynch.
This is somewhat of a rebellion by artists toward their respective labels. It seems that artists on separate cannot collaborate on an album for fear of being sued, which is slightly pathetic. I’m sure a deal could be forged which allowed EMI to get a certain percentage of the sales, or possibly they could not take anything as it isn’t really anything to do with them. Just because Danger Mouse is their ‘property’, I highly doubt they had any involvement in the recording process or the production at all. If Dark Night Of The Soul is eventually released it will undoubtedbly be successful, it has been surrounded by hype since its first mention years ago. Personally I hope it is released and EMI just accept it.