or in Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton/Broken Bells/1/2 Gnarls Barkley), Sparklehorse, and David Lynch’s souls.
The trio and then some collaborated on an album titled Dark Night of My Soul, which was finally properly released a couple of days ago after being held up due to a legal dispute between Burton and EMI. The album is aptly titled, when we consider that both Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt, who is featured on a track, both committed suicide this past year.
Burton asked David Lynch (who is also featured on one track) to contribute still photographs to the project (see above), and so he did, and they are on display in Michael Kohn’s Los Angeles gallery, where the album plays on repeat.
The album is, like most of Brian Burton’s work, compelling, not just sonically and lyrically (not suprising considering Linkous and Burton’s oeuvre), but in terms of the contributors they enlisted: Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, Gruff Rhys, Frank Black, Nina Persson, etc.
I’m going to shut up and not describe this album, which I am mildly obsessed with, because you have to just listen yourself. Here’s my fave so far.
You can learn more and buy the album through its website.