The Music Of David Lynch - Various Artists on 180g 2LP
Featuring Angelo Badalamenti, Chrysta Bell, Donovan, Duran Duran, Jim James, Karon O, Lykke Li, Moby, Rebekah Del Rio, Sky Fereira, Tennis, Twin Peaks, Wayne Cohyne, Steven Drozd & Zola Jesus!
Benefiting The David Lynch Foundation
On the evening of April 1, 2015, a stellar lineup of musicians gathered in Downtown L.A. at the Ace Hotel's sold out The Theatre for The Music of David Lynch, a sweeping tribute to the filmmaker in celebration of the David Lynch Foundation‘s 10th anniversary. It never happened before and it will probably never happen again, but 16 highlights from that magical night have now been collected on a double vinyl album due for release in April 2016.
The Twin Peaks soundtrack is prominently featured with maestro Angelo Badalamenti – joined by original synthesizer player, Kinny Landrum – performing three of the show's most renowned instrumentals; "Laura Palmer's Theme," "Dance of the Dream Man" and "Twin Peaks Theme." There's also Moby‘s bongo-infused and career-launching techno take on "Laura Palmer's Theme," "Go," as well as Jim James‘ impassioned interpretation of "Sycamore Trees," which its original composer afterwards praised as "a deeply moving performance!"
Arguably Mulholland Drive's most memorable moment now captured live on this record, Rebekah Del Rio‘s a cappella version of "Llorando" sounds just as breathtaking and heartbreaking as when she performed it for an equally silenced audience at Club Silencio. Sky Ferreira adds composed intensity to Blue Velvet's title song, while Tennis and Twin Peaks (the band) cover Roy Orbison's "In Dreams," which of course will forever be associated with Dean Stockwell's scene-stealing mime.
From Wild at Heart, there's Donovan‘s gracious version of "Love Me Tender" and an audacious take on Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" courtesy of Lykke Li. Zola Jesus adds vocal power to Eraserhead's "In Heaven," and hands down the album's most experimental track is Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd‘s 10-minute soundscape inspired by Eraserhead and The Elephant Man and fused with the noise machines of Rebecca Baxter. David Lynch's recent non-filmic musical collaborations are also represented by Chrysta Bell‘s sensual "Swing With Me" and Karen O‘s energetic "Pinky's Dream."
From the 15 songs on the double album, Duran Duran‘s "The Chauffeur" is the only track that has little to do with David Lynch – it wasn't even part of the Duran Duran: Unstaged show he directed in 2011 – but its sinister melody and lyrics certainly don't feel out of place on this release. The album's closing track is David Lynch himself reciting a poem of unknown origin accompanied by Donovan on guitar.