Though most people associate David Lynch with his career as a filmmaker, the man is a prolific polymath whose work also spans into the realms of writing, acting, painting, furniture design, weather reporting, coffee production, comics, meditation education, web design, and music. One could argue he’s just as adept as a composer and music producer as he is a director having produced and collaborated on eight albums. And in addition to writing lyrics and performing on tracks, Lynch also plays guitar, though his technique involves playing it upside down and backwards. His last full-length album, Crazy Clown Time, was a bluesy foray into electro pop that included a collaboration with Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. His latest, The Big Dream, out on July 15, sees him teaming up with Sweden’s Lykke Li.
“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,” says Lynch. Dubbing the sound for his new album “modern blues,” he wrote 11 out of the 12 tracks, the twelfth being a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” And his collaboration with Lykke Li, “I’m Waiting Here,” recalls his earlier work with Julee Cruise on Twin Peaks. Though the song comes as a bonus track to the album, the 7″ includes a hand-inscribed visual etching by Lynch and is a fantastic ode to the ghost of a 1950’s roadhouse chanteuse. Listen to it below as well as watch a preview video for the album.