Self-released last May amid some troubles with EMI, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse‘s collaboration Dark Night of the Soul has yet to see any sort of physical release. The only way you could get it was to order a blank CD-R/book package and download it. It took 10 months of back and forth between Danger Mouse and the label, but last month EMI agreed to give the album some love. According to Pitchfork, EMI has now set the release for June 13th, via Capitol.
In addition to being the official unveiling, the release also means one last posthumous hurrah for Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous, who committed suicide last month. His family 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 assured that Linkous was well aware of the album’s eventual release. He said, “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.”
For the album, Danger Mouse and Linkous also made music with several cream-of-the-crop rock frontmen: Black Francis, Julian Casablancas, Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop, and Danger Mouse’s Broken Bells partner James Mercer. Included in the package will be original photos from director David Lynch.
The LP will be dedicated to the late singer-songwriter Vic Chestnutt, who died last December and is also featured on the album.