Originally a 16th century mystic text written by the Spanish Carmelite monk San Juan de la Cruz, the Dark Night of the Soul is now the title of David Lynch's new (musical) adventure with producer Danger Mouse and the leader of the rock band Sparklehorse. Apart from (probably) suggesting the title of the project*, Lynch contributed with a 100 pages book of photographs inspired in the music, and with his squeaky, nasal voice in a couple of tracks.
The album, which probably will never be released due problems with EMI, can now be heard at the American National Public Radio NPR. To my taste, it is more a curiosity for fans, than an actual good work. So, if they were expecting a transformative experience as that narrated by St. John of the Cross (which I think they didn't), they certainly failed. Yet, it is still listenable and not really mysterious and dark as one would have expected. The photographs--which might be more interesting--in turn, are being exhibited at Michael Kohn Gallery in LA.
Sundays are good days to discover things that have been around for a while.
"Some things we forget. But many things we remember on the mental screen, which is the biggest screen of all."
The New York Times Magazine publishes today an interview with David Lynch. He talks about meditation, he talks about his forthcoming nth-marriage, about his being more than a surrealist, and about his daily weather report.
He really doesn't say much. But then, we have his images.