The shroud of mystery surrounding Dark Night of the Soul, a new musical collaboration between master mixer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and rock recluse Sparkle Horse (Mark Linkous), has been mistaken for an actual cloud of publicists and lawyers. So much so, EMI indefinitely delayed the release of the album this week, a sleepy indie hit with a ton of superstar guest vocalists (Julian Casablanca's "Little Girl" is a standout) that reminds one of a Jason Bentley playlist. However, not to be mistaken for merely ostentatious packaging, the accompanying 100-page book is all photographs shot by filmmaker David Lynch, 50 of which will make their gallery debut at Michael Kohn on May 30. For those of us who look forward to Lynch's movies, these images are a treat. Mounted on aluminum, they snap and crackle like the mind that composed them. They're eerie and hopeful and dark and dreamy, recalling suburban barbecues at midnight, discarded objects (revolvers, electrical strips, people) and peeks around suspicious corners. Saturated colors, shadowy faces and hokey set-ups with an evil undercurrent are all iconic Lynchian themes included in this work of course, but in the frozen moments captured as still photography, Lynch's subject matter transcends as it stares back at you. Dark Night of the Soul is again proof that art happens where and when it will, regardless of industry knuckleheads. You'll hear the music accompany the visuals during the show as the project is meant to be Lynch even sings on two of the tracks and you can currently hear the album at NPR.org. (take that EMI!). The book will be available May 29th with a blank CD-R included for you to record your pirated internet find.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 30. Continues through July 11, 2009