Haven't you always wondered what would happen if Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and David Lynch combined forces? Me neither, but now that you know it happened, aren't you crazy intrigued? The other day, Chester mentioned this collaboration (known as Dark Night of the Soul, not to be confused with the nonprofit/indie compilation Dark Was the Night,) so I did some research.
To be sure, the music is often strange and gloomy. There's pain and madness. But Blue Velvet director David Lynch is involved, so what do you expect?
But even with a name like Dark Night of the Soul, the album has uplifting moments, with catchy pop and rock hooks. It's richly orchestrated, with layers of ambient sounds, infectious rhythms and singalong harmonies. It's the perfect marriage of joy and sorrow.
Thankfully, those of us in LA can feel the joy a little more than the sorrow. Starting May 30th (this Friday), and every Tuesday-Saturday til June 11th, the Michael Kohn Gallery will showcase 50 of the 100 photos from Lynch's accompanying book. The album will also be playing throughout the gallery. This is something different, this is worth attending. Let's go.