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Legendary multimedia artist David Lynch returns with the follow-up to ‘Crazy Clown Time’, his acclaimed 2011 solo debut. The new album sees Lynch returning to primary songwriting and performance duties, writing 11 out of the album’s 12 tracks. Also included is Lynch’s signature take on the Bob Dylan folk classic ‘The Ballad Of Hollis Brown’.
‘The Big Dream’ was recorded over several months at Lynch’s own Asymmetrical Studio with engineer Dean Hurley, who also contributes production and instrumentation to the album
Describing his style of music as ‘modern blues’, Lynch says the songwriting process for his new album was similar to his debut. “Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues.”
‘The Big Dream’ also includes an additional bonus download track, ‘I’m Waiting Here’, a collaboration with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. The double LP set, pressed on heavyweight vinyl, will be accompanied by a bonus 7” that contains the Lykke Li track on Side A, and a visual etching on side B that was hand-inscribed directly into lacquer by Lynch exclusively for this release. Lynch praised Lykke Li as a natural songwriter with a great intuition for lyrics and melody: “She brought her own style to this song, which has a doo-wop sort of thing going on, but in a way it’s far-removed from the 50s.”
As you would expect from an accomplished film director, the songs are cinematic in scope. Lynch uses his reverb-drenched guitar and processed voice to summon primal moods and melodies that colour a strange world populated by character archetypes familiar to fans of his films: the irresistible femme fatale in ‘Star Dream Girl’, the tender romantic in ‘The Big Dream’ and ‘Are You Sure’, the smooth psychopath in ‘Say It’, and the quirky oddball in ‘Sun Can’t Be Seen No More’.
While Lynch touches on modern electronic production (Wishin’ Well’ and ‘Last Call’) and classically dreamy material (‘Are You Sure’, ‘Cold Wind Blowin’’), the album always manages to keep one foot rooted in the blues - a style of music he loves. “The Blues is an honest and emotional form of music that is thrilling to the soul. I keep coming back to it, because it feels so good,” Lynch says.
The Big Dream
Star Dream Girl
Cold Wind Blowin’
The Ballad Of Hollis
We Rolled Together
Sun Can’t Be Seen No
I Want You
The Line It Curves
Are You Sure