“Dark Night Of The Soul” To Come With Blank CD

May 15th, 2009 // 3 Comments

The Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch/boldface names of indie rock collaboration Dark Night Of The Soul–one of many blackness-themed albums on this year’s release docket–will have its packaging, which includes a book of Lynch photographs inspired by the music with in, covering a blank CD, thanks to some unfinished legal business between the producer and EMI:

“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.”

Dark Night leaked last week, so one would think that the idea of packaging the pretty book with the blank CD was a hint that “by whatever means” actually equals “by being an intrepid Google type,” or just “reading along with the NPR stream.”

Dark Night Of The Soul Store [Official site]
UPDATE: Dark Night Of The Soul To Be Released As A Blank CDR Due To Legal Reasons [Tripwire]


  1. Well! Now the CD that comes with the $50 book of David Lynch photographs is much more useful to me!

  2. Does this thing even have a release date? The fact that none of the articles I’ve read about it ever seem to mention one really just underlines what an odd, tortured process the album seems to be going through.

  3. @Al Shipley: from the store: “All Items Will Ship Starting May 29th”

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