This month's disc for our subscribers is 'Don't Judge The Book' by The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light aka The Streets
With each issue of Loud And Quiet, our subscribers also receive a limited edition flexi disc of an exclusive or rare track from an artist we love and have featured in the issue. So far in the series we’ve had live recordings from Pig Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Protomartyr, the only physical release of a new single by Robbie & Mona, and an exclusive demo from Squid.
This month’s disc (free only with issue 161 of the magazine) is from The Darker The Shadow The Bright The Light, aka The Streets, who are on the cover of issue 161 of the mag, as Mike Skinner discusses his first Streets album in 12 years, and an accompanying feature film that’s pushed him to the edge over the last 10 years.
The track is ‘Don’t Judge The Book’, which has been remastered from Skinner’s “lost Streets album” released under the name The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.
Mike Skinner say this about the song, which you can only get by subscribing here, while stocks last:
“The actual album that’s coming out – I’ve had that for a while, years really, and the film and music kind of wrap around each other. I also knew I needed other music to score it out and to fill in some of the gaps once the filming started, so I made some more music and we put it out there to plant some seeds, really. I called that ‘extra’ album “The Streets” by “The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light” [released digitally in 2021] – the polar opposite of the album that’s coming out with the film, but it’s all part of the same thing, really.
“The song ‘Don’t Judge The Book’ – it’s quite literal, honestly: sometimes a film can let down the original text, sometimes it’s the other way round. My film – the music, the film, it’s all so interwoven, but I would hope either can be enjoyed separately. It’s been a lifelong ambition and project, and it’s been over a decade-long obsession. Everything has geared towards this so everything I made – even the mixtape we did – was testing some film ideas and buying time when the pandemic came; everything has led up to this moment. A lot of the songs from that album (The Streets by TDTSTBTL) have made it into the film – and I hope that makes it all make more sense now.”
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