At this point we might as well accept it: We’ll be getting more music than movies from David Lynch for a while. The news isn’t all bad. Even in his films, Lynch has been an auditory artist as much as a visual one, specializing in odd and atmospheric sound design, not to mention showstopping musical moments. He took that same distinct sensibility to his work with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse on collaborative album Dark Night of the Soul in 2010, and in 2011 he followed that up with his debut solo album, Crazy Clown Time.
And now he’s signaled that his musical career is here to stay. Today he announced that next month he will release his second solo album, The Big Dream. The album is detailed on DavidLynch.com, whose header now reads simply “David Lynch Music Company.” You can hear bonus track “I’m Waiting Here” via the player below. (Spotify is required.) That song features Swedish singer Lykke Li, whose airy vocal performance here wouldn’t be out of place on the Twin Peaks soundtrack, beside Lynch-penned and Julee Cruise-sung songs like “The World Spins.”
Lynch fanatics can also preview samples of the rest of the songs on iTunes. Lynch takes lead vocal on most of those, but otherwise they favor the bluesy chords and reverberating guitars also featured on “I’m Waiting Here,” with the occasional electronic beat. There’s even a Bob Dylan cover, of early tune “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” so if you want to hear David Lynch sing Bob Dylan you can now hear 90 seconds of that.
Lynch’s last album also led to some visual work, including the somewhat disturbing video he directed for the title track, so hopefully we can look forward to more along those lines. In the meantime, he’s been teasing the album with (somewhat underwhelming) videos on YouTube and Vine, so there’s another new reality: David Lynch is on Vine.