David Lynch’s Crazy Clown Time
Calling this Director, Producer, Visual Artist, Painter, Musician, and (sometimes) Actor a “Renaissance Man” is less than an under statement. David Lynch is one of the most profound artistic maestros in the world. He bleeds an unsettling allure with his ‘Lynchian’ affect of disjointed and disturbing surrealist dreamscapes. The man is arguably the best American direction this day in age. With an avid cinematic following, David Lynch has taken the art world and created a jigsaw puzzle of distorted beauty and infectious appeal more than worthy of his unconfined wanderlust of genius.
Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive, are just some of the works that have earned David Lynch ultimate praise and an extremely committed following. Writing about this man’s cinematic career and the innovation sprung and unveiled throughout, could possibly turn this little review into a manuscript praising one of the most brilliant talents of our time. But, I am here for something different. When people hear the name David Lynch, music may be the furthest thing from their mind. Honestly, the last thing I expected while recently sitting on my couch and enjoying the Herzog-Lynch collaborative masterpiece, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, was that I would be reviewing David Lynch’s debut solo LP, Crazy Clown Time.
If you’re familiar with David Lynch (and not just his cinematic career), you’re well aware that this man is an avid believer in Transcendental Meditation and uses this spiritual practice in accordance to his artistic career. While many consider his wok to be dark, dreary, distorted, offensive, and unsettling, the emphasis on mystery and darkness is an honest interpretation of the beauty he emanates throughout his work. But, don’t confuse darkness with negativity. The mystifying and unsettling affect of Lynch’s work is rooted in honesty. He confronts darkness in his work that elaborates an intense artistic beauty that emanates from every piece of work. For someone to be considered the most important director of our time to have released a solo album of what I like to consider to be of the same originality and depth, and to nail it, is a feat in itself.
Not only is David Lynch a Renaissance man of modern American cinema, but of music as well. He has taken on multiple roles in the artistic world and mastered every aspect. David Lynch is an alchemist of artistic skill and has created a world of unyielding beauty within a dark and haunting phantasm of intoxication. Crazy Clown Time is David Lynch’s transfer of his signature cinematic surrealism into an audio-embodiment of ‘Lynchian’ reverie. Some call it demented. I call his work brilliant. If you don’t particularly have the taste for Lynch’s surrealistic hallucinations and uncomfortable wondrous specter, make it a point to look into Crazy Clown Time, because this is a raw album with an eclectic and authentic feel ; a great addition to the music industry and music collections as a whole.
There’s no doubt that there are recurring motifs in the work of David Lynch. This music producer, song writer, composer, and musician, has created many melodic masterpieces most evident in his cinematic repertoire. He has collaborated with multiple recording artists in addition to releasing a collaborative rock album with John Neff, 2001’s Blue Bob. Over a decade later, in November 2011, David Lynch released his first solo album, Crazy Clown Time. With a no holds barred album cover of what seems to be a rotting hand enticing one with dice in the midst of its dead flesh, there’s no telling where this album is to take you with that abrupt first impression; a haunting cover initiating a bio-decrepit idea of fun to be had.
Described as electro-pop, Lynch’s album holds the same unorthodox approach as his surreal films. He takes the signature disturbing style of creativity seen within his films, and transfers that application into another medium; breathing Lynch surrealism into the music world and taking his audience into unfamiliar territory. Crazy Clown Time is an exhibition of David Lynch’s unusual guitar playing and heavy application of effects. His lyrics are mystifying and rooted in an emotionally driven narrative. With the addition of Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman Karen O’s voice in ‘Pinky’s Dream’, David Lynch is untamed with this official solo debut. Produced by Dean Hurley and released by Play it Again Sam, this 14 track LP definitely lives up to the Lynchian affect and a great former introduction into the music world of a contemporary genius.
Crazy Clown Time
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- Pinky’s Dream
- Good Day Today
- So Glad 3:35
- Noah’s Ark
- Football Game
- I Know 4:03
- Strange And Unproductive Thinking
- The Night Bell With Lightning
- Stone’s Gone Up
- Crazy Clown Time
- These Are My Friends
- Speed Roadster [Explicit]
- Movin’ On
- She Rise Up
Visionary filmmaker David Lynch will make his solo debut as a musical artist this fall with Crazy Clown Time. Produced and written by Lynch, the album’s 14 original songs spotlight him on guitar and vocals. The album will be released Internationally on November 7th (November 8th in North America) by Sunday Best Recordings / [PIAS] America. (Source)
For the very serious music collector out there, the fine people at Play It Again Sam have put together a must own package for the vinyl release, the following info and photos come from the official David Lynch online store.
Stunning Super-Deluxe Edition featuring David Lynch’s debut album Crazy Clown Time on Heavyweight Double Vinyl and CD and contains exclusive artwork by David Lynch including a 24 page Art & Lyrics Book, beautifully packaged in a Luxury hard-backed book.