(David Lynch, Sparklehorse, Danger Mouse via spin)
David Lynch, whom we interviewed at length several years ago, clearly goes in for the mysterious gesture. That comes, in part, for his deep immersion in the philosophy of German idealist Georg William Friedrich Hegel and meditation. Those influences inform his sharp opacity. What about that poster that appeared last month? From Spin:
"Gnarls Barkley mastermind Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, a.k.a. North Carolina songwriter Mark Linkous, first worked together on Sparklehorse's last album, 2006's SPIN-praised Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain. Then they began writing songs for a collaborative release as Dangerhorse, which, Linkous said, would recruit a slew of guest singers.
"In the process, Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton, a longtime fan of David Lynch films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, asked the director to join the project. Lynch, who sings two songs on the album, added a multi-media aspect with a 100-page book of photos that will accompany the release. 50 of the pics will also be featured in a Dark Night of the Soul art exhibit at Los Angeles' Michael Kohn Gallery from May 30 - July 11.
"What does the album sound like? The title, Dark Night of the Soul, provides clues. The phrase, from the writing of 16th-century Roman Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross, has become a metaphor for loneliness and desolation in a person's spiritual life."
Last month Lynch held the "Change Begins Within" concert at Radio City Music Hall promoting Transcendental meditation. More here.