David Lynch album ‘Crazy Clown Time’ set for Nov. 8 release

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As music has been a critical component of nearly all of David Lynch’s film and television projects, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that he’s finally getting around to putting out a solo album
of his songs this fall.

“Crazy Clown Time,” slated for Nov. 8 release, features the auteur filmmaker playing guitar and singing 14 original songs, which he has been describing as ‘modern blues.’

“The love of experimenting with sound and music is what’s driving this boat,” Lynch said in a statement. “All of the songs on the album started as a jam. The jams eventually found a form and lyrics appeared.”


A clip of one such jam session at his Asymmetrical studio in Los Angeles, where the album was recorded, is on YouTube, showing Lynch trading licks with Moby and his collaborator on “Crazy Clown Time,” guitarist-drummer Dean Hurley. Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O also guests on one of the album’s tracks.

Lynch also said the finished songs were the result of several happy accidents. “There were so many accidents; this album should be in the hospital,” he said. Two tracks were released late last year -- “I Know” and “Good Day Today” -- both of which were subjects of video competitions won by directors Tamar Drachli and Arnold de Parscau, respectively. Lynch also delved into his passion for music in 2009 on ‘Dark Night of the Soul,’ his collaboration with Danger Mouse and the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse).

Lynch early on demonstrated how prominently music figured into his life, starting with his 1977 feature film debut, ‘Eraserhead.’ And who can forget the evocative way Lynch integrated Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” into his 1986 film “Blue Velvet”? Or the intensely atmospheric music from Angelo Badalamenti that fueled that movie and his groundbreaking television series “Twin Peaks”?

In recent years, Lynch has collaborated periodically with singer-songwriter Donovan on efforts to promote their mutual interest in transcendental meditation, the reason Lynch set up his David Lynch Foundation. Earlier this year, he had an exhibition of his artwork at the William Griffin Gallery in Santa Monica.


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-- Randy Lewis