Mika said “When I rolled my sleeves up and started writing for the second album I thought the best thing to do was take small steps so came up with an EP first. What came out was a collection of acoustic songs called ‘Songs For Sorrow’. It was good for me to strip everything back down to just the basics. The idea for the book then came from the lyrics to these songs, which are like dark fairy tales, and I thought it would be brilliant to get illustrations to go with them and to get some of my favourite artists to give their own interpretation on the stories.”
This one-off limited edition EP of four acoustic tracks was released in May 2009 ahead of his second album later that year. Mika worked with Owen Pallet from Final Fantasy and Arcade Fire on the EP which features four songs: ‘Blue Eyes’, ‘Toy Boy’, ‘Lonely Alcoholic’ and ‘Lady Jane’. It was available physically as a beautifully designed book containing a CD with four brand new MIKA songs. Each song was given to some of Mika’s favourite artists and designers from all over the world who created works of art based on their personal interpretation of the songs. The book features brand new pieces from Peter Blake, Paul Smith, Es Devlin, Jim Woodring, Alber Elbaz (Lanvin), Al Columbia, Sophie Blackall, Jim Medway, David Mackie, Richard Hogg, DaWack, Nilesh Mystry, Kerasacoet, Tao Nyeu, Richard Hogg, Huck Scarry, Manish Arora and Walter Van Beirendonck. The tracks were also made available to download due to the immense popularity of the project – the physical book quickly sold out and is now a collector’s item.