A year-long dispute between Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and EMI Records appears to be resolved, clearing the way for the long-overdue release of Dark Night of the Soul, the all-star album he produced with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous. Though specifics of the dispute between the label and Danger Mouse remain unclear, Burton tells the BBC that they've resolved their differences and hope to release the record early this summer.
Dark Night of the Soul features guest appearances by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, Vic Chesnutt, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, Iggy Pop and others, and includes a book of surreal photos (inspired by the music) from filmmaker David Lynch. While the album's release was on hold during the dispute last year, Danger Mouse responded by releasing the book of photos along with a blank CD and a note telling fans to "use it as you will." At the same time, the album was widely leaked on the Internet, and included in NPR Music's Exclusive First Listen series.
Danger Mouse's latest project is a collaboration with The Shins' frontman, James Mercer, called Broken Bells. You can hear an early preview of the duo's new self-titled album in our Exclusive First Listen series.