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Danger Mouse vs. EMI – Dark Night of the Soul Delayed by Legal Issues

Collaboration with David Lynch and Sparklehorse to Be Released as Blank CD

May 15, 2009 Bookmark and Share


Danger Mouse’s new project, Dark Night of the Soul, a collaboration with Sparklehorse and legendary film director David Lynch, has run into legal trouble with EMI and the release of its self-titled album has been delayed. It will now be released as a blank CD.

The project features a slew of guests, including: The Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, Iggy Pop, Jason Lytle (ex-Grandaddy), Pixies' Frank Black, Nina Persson (The Cardigans and A Camp), The Shins' James Mercer, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Suzanne Vega, and Vic Chesnutt. 

The album was to be released with a book of photos taken by Lynch. However, a spokesperson for Danger Mouse has announced that the project’s full release is being hindered. “Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night of the Soul without fear of being sued by EMI.”

As a result, the photography will be compiled and released alongside a blank disc. The full statement from Danger Mouse’s spokesperson reads:

“Danger Mouse's new project Dark Night of the Soul consists of an album length piece of music by Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and a host of guest vocalists, along with a collection of original David Lynch photography inspired by and based on the music.

The photographs, which provide a visual narrative for the music, are compiled in a limited edition, hand numbered 100+ page book which will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'  

Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music for Dark Night of the Soul without fear of being sued by EMI.

Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is."

 



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Eric Hill
May 21st 2009
1:40pm

You can hear the entire incredible album, legally and in its entirety, at NPR here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585