Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse feat. Suzanne Vega - “The Man Who Played God

It’s that age-old story again: artist(s) record great album, label decides to get it’s underwear in a wad and refuses to release the album, artist finds a loophole and releases the album anyway. Sunrise…sunset, just another day in our ridiculous music industry.

Thanks to this all-too-typical tale (read the Wikipedia entry if you’re interested in what happened this time), one of the best albums half-released last year was the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse/David Lynch collaboration known as Dark Night of the Soul—if the base cast isn’t enough to get you interested, the project also features collaborations with artists like James Mercer, Jason Lytle, Julian Casablancas, the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, and a few other notables. And if you’re still not interested, then you and I probably won’t agree on much.

Overall, the album carries somber tone (as you might expect from the title), but there’s enough variety from all the different guest artists to make this a non-issue. This simple song about how anyone can play God in their own imagination is one of two songs on the album featuring a female guest vocal, and is one of my favorites from the record.

Thankfully, EMI has come to its senses, and Dark Night of the Soul will finally see a proper release tomorrow, July 13th. And if you just can’t wait until tomorrow to hear it, you can still stream the entire album over at NPR.