London bookies taking bets as to how long it will
be before MP3s hit the web.
By Fred Mills
Remember last week when we told you about that stream of the
new Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul? The one featuring guests like David Lynch (providing
“visuals,” such as THESE), Iggy Pop, the Flaming Lips, Black Francis and
others? It was streaming at the Chrysalis Music Blog and fans were indeed
flocking to the stream.
Turns out Chrysalis wasn’t supposed to be streaming it at
all! Oops! Or so they say – it could have been a hype-boosting p.r. stunt – as
there’s now a message at the blog saying that the album is no longer available to stream here… We regret
that we inadvertently did so.
It won’t happen again.”
Never fear, gentle readers. Just hop over to the NPR Music
site, where the album is now streaming in an official capacity. There’s also a
description from an NPR staffer of the record along with some background
information, including these details:
“The songs were written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, though the myriad
singers featured on each track also had a big hand in composing and producing
the work. The album will be packaged with a book of photos taken by David
Lynch. Can this get any better? I’ve listened to the album all the way through
at least a dozen times, and can confirm that Dark Night of the Soul delivers in every way you’d hope for. It’s beautiful but haunting, surreal and
dark, but sometimes comical and affecting, with ear-popping, multilayered
production work. It just gets more mesmerizing with every listen.”
NPR adds that the album isn’t due out until July (actual label TBA), and the
album/book package will be a limited edition of 5,000. There’s also an
indication that “for now, no legal downloadable version of the album will be
Operative term “legal download”: copies of the album went out to the press
last week, and in light of that Wilco album leak Tuesday, which most likely was
the result of some eager-beaver journalist uploading his advance, one imagines
that any project involving Danger Mouse will hit the web soon enough too.