The Dark Night of the Soul album, is finally getting a release date nearly a year after it was originally due out as an album/book package. The long awaited package is a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous and visionary director David Lynch, and several special guests including Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, James Mercer, and Julian Casablancas.
It was initially reported that the album may never be released due to a dispute between record label EMI and Danger Mouse. The book was made available for sale on the official website for Dark Nifght of the Soul along with a bland recordable CD-R. Meanwhile, the album was intentionally leaked.
But earlier this year, EMI and Danger Mouse announced that they’d patched things up and that the album would get a release. Now, we can report that Parlophone/EMI will release Dark Night of the Soul July 12 in the UK and July 13 in the U.S. via Capitol.
Unfortunately, Linkous will not see Dark Night of the Soul on shelves; he committed suicide in March. His family has issued a statement about the album’s release: “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 also says, “I told Mark that we’d worked things out with EMI back in January and he was very happy that the album was finally going to be released this year. Mark meant a great deal to a lot of people and I’m grateful to have made music with him and to be a part of his legacy.”
The album will come packaged with a series of original photos from Lynch. Dark Night of the Soul is also being dedicated to Vic Chesnutt, who contributed to the album, and who died last winter.