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I’ve been listening to my advance copy of the new David Lynch album, The Big Dream, for about a week now nearly nonstop. It is to Crazy Clown Time what Julee Cruise’s The Voice Of Love was to its predecessor Floating In The Night— a stronger, more consistent album that will most likely be bound to get less attention, now that the novelty of Lynch making solo albums has worn off for the casual listener. That’s a shame, because Lynch sounds so much more confident here, and the production actually returns to a bit of the lush, twilight atmospheres that the Cruise albums inhabited, but this time infused with the same DNA strands of warped industrial blues that he so loves on Clown Time and the Chrysta Bell album. If you’ve ever been a fan, DO NOT SLEEP on this one, even if Crazy Clown Time left you cold.

“You’re walking along,” he begins slowly, “and you look over and see some incredible violet and deep purple going to black. The light is hitting it a certain way. It’s very, very beautiful. And then you step a little closer.” He pauses, dangling the words in suspense. “And it’s a dead woman with her stomach ripped open. Now that beautiful thing has turned to absolute horror. It’s a whole ’nother ball game. But it still drew you in at first and you saw a beauty there. So as soon as something is named… as soon as a certain thing is known about a shape or a colour or whatever… it changes it.”

Normally, Lynch does not believe in explaining himself. In 34 years of being recognised as one of the most original and influential figures in film, he has revealed little. Actors are required to surrender to the obscurity of his vision without having their questions answered. His interviews are often as impenetrable as his work, clouded with riddle-like abstractions that teeter between insight and inanity. In an 11,646-word treatise on the director’s oeuvre by the late novelist David Foster Wallace, who spent time on the set of Lynch’s 1997 neo-noir film Lost Highway, the most we learned about the man behind the films was that he pees hard and often.

Interview: David Lynch

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Full interview: David Lynch talks about Twitter, clowns, partying and being free.

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David Lynch on Partying

April 2, 2012: Ghost of Love by David Lynch.

Acclaimed filmmaker and musician David Lynch recently released his debut solo album and has been causing a stir with the video for his new single, “Crazy Clown Time,” but my favorite Lynch (musical) release is probably his 2007 single Ghost of Love, which features an equally good b-side, “Imaginary Girl,” that I highly recommend checking out as well. Not familiar with Lynch’s work? For god’s sake, go rent Twin Peaks immediately!

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In celebration of his new video for “Crazy Clown Time,” here’s David Lynch talking about clowns.

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David Lynch is releasing an album called Crazy Clown Time, and he has just created a seven-minute-long music video for that album’s title track that features topless chesty ladies, a man who sets his own mohawk on fire, and a dude in a football uniform who spends the entire video jogging in place.

Guys. This could be our generation’s Birth of a Nation.

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David Lynch on The Culture Show on Crazy Clown Time and film