Saturday 16 December 2017

Danger Mouse reminisces with album

Danger Mouse says listening to Dark Knight Of The Soul is emotional
Danger Mouse says listening to Dark Knight Of The Soul is emotional

Producer Brian Burton - aka Danger Mouse - has said he feels happy listening to the long-awaited Dark Night Of The Soul album, which was hit by the deaths of two contributors.

Co-creator Mark Linkous - who was known as Sparklehorse and co-created the record with Danger Mouse - and singer-songwriter Vic Chestnutt both committed suicide before the album was released last week.

Danger Mouse - best known as half of the duo Gnarls Barkley - said when he hears his favourite track Revenge, with a heartbreaking vocal from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, the producer flashes to one of his happiest moments with his close friend.

"It's just a great song," he said. "There's just something about it. And it makes me think of Mark a lot in a heavy kind of way, but I don't get sad about it. I just remember the two of us, when we first heard what Wayne did with it, us celebrating and everything. It was really great."

Vic, who forged a heralded and unlikely career following a car crash that left him mostly paralysed, killed himself at Christmas after years of depression that included other suicide attempts. Mark also dealt with depression and shot himself in March.

Danger Mouse said the pair examined the depths of their depression in their music, adding the kind of layers and complexity not often expected in pop music.

The album also features singers Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Suzanne Vega, Nina Persson, Gruff Rhys as well as filmmaker David Lynch.

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