Next week’s release of Dark Night Of The Soul, the acclaimed album by Danger Mouse and the dearly departed Sparklehorse, will be commemorated by an exhibit of photography created for the project by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and DNOTS contributor David Lynch. The exhibit, opening July 13 at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at Bowery and Bleecker in New York City, will consist of some 50 original images displayed with DNOTS playing as accompaniment. Seven limited edition prints of each photo will be available for purchase.
The album release and gallery show are preceded by an IFC.com virtual gallery now live.
Check out the trailer below, which combines the songs, footage captured by David Lynch and images inspired by the original music Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse created, (which, in turn inspired the lyrics written and contributed by its many guest vocalists).
Dark Night Of The Soul features Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse joined by a remarkable roll call of guests including Lynch himself, the Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Iggy Pop, James Mercer, Nina Persson, Suzanne Vega and the late Vic Chesnutt, in whose memory the record is also dedicated.
While this record’s release is cause for celebration, the news is shadowed by sadness following the recent passing of Mark Linkous, who released and performed under the Sparklehorse pseudonym. Dark Night Of The Soul will now stand as a de facto tribute to this well-loved, stunningly talented yet often-overlooked artist and has received the blessing of Mark’s family who have issued the following statement: “Mark felt that it was an honor 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.”
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s Dark Night Of The Soul will be released on July 12 in the UK through Parlophone/EMI and on July 13 in the US via EMI’s Capitol Records .