David Lynch is one of my favorite contemporary directors, and his unique, twisted style extends to music as well as film. Lynchâ€™s second LP, The Big Dream, is tighter than his debut,Â Crazy Clown Time (and benefits from a far less creepy title as well).
Thereâ€™s no denying that Lynch is a talented player, flinging together blues, jam, and electronica influences like a musical Large Hadron Collider.Â The title track features stuttery blues guitar and a digital drumbeat that calls up comparisons to acts like Aphex Twin. â€œLast Callâ€ is much more electronic overall, while â€œSun Canâ€™t See Me No Moreâ€ opens with spoken word before delving into a Southern rock vibe.Â Dare I even say it, thereâ€™s a sexy riff on â€œI Want You,â€ and the murmured lyrics keep things from getting too creepy in that recognizable Lynch way.
It has to be said that Lynch doesnâ€™t have the most melodic singing voice in the world. He sounds a bit like your dad singing karaoke, but at least heâ€™s a cool dad. At any rate, his warble is perfectly suited for his cover of Bob Dylanâ€™s â€œThe Ballad of Hollis Brown.â€ Start there, and if his brand of electronic music suits you, plunge right on in for a surreal experience from an artist lacking pretension.