And when you follow through, And wind up on your back, Looking at up at those stars in the sky, Those white clouds have turned it black.
Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is excited to announce 30th Century Records, his imprint in collaboration with Columbia Records.
Perhaps that's why he's more often thought of as a "collaborator" than a "producer." A Danger Mouse production features a whole lot of, um, Danger Mouse: typically, crunchy drums, thickly layered synths, tasteful strings, and a dash of whimsy.
The real telltale — his X factor — is that Danger Mouse productions somehow sound at once nostalgic and futuristic.
Back in 2008, when we named him one of The 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, Danger Mouse told us, "I've never looked at what I do as simply helping someone make his record better.
You have to want to work with me." In one sentence he's summed up everything that's been great (or terrible) about his records with Beck, The Black Keys, and Norah Jones.
Makes you wonder what the new U2 might sound like, doesn't it? The Man laid themselves at his feet for Evil Friends. This is quite clearly their most relevant, best-sounding record to date.
And even fewer are as immediately rendered superfluous the moment you hear the music. The Man's new Evil Friends (out today — you can stream it here) and you'll peg it as a Danger Mouse production.
He's that heavy-handed, his fingerprints are that unmistakably unique.
We touched the wall's of the city streets and, Didn't explain, Sadly showed us our ways, Of never asking why?
Cast down it was heaven sent (and), To the church no intent to repent, On my knees, Just to cry.