Legendary film director David Lynch officially embarked on a new career today: musician.
Good musician, though?
The music of Lynch's films, composed almost exclusively by the avant-genius Angelo Badalamenti, has always been disconcerting, rich, and atmospheric to the nth. Lynch often worked alongside Badalamenti in crafting those moods and destinations, but what happens when he's left to his own Korgs (accompanied by engineer Dean Hurley)?
Popping off with a concrete-on-concrete flintspark and peppered with gunfire and synth erratics, the down-tempo lounge club backbone and lonely tone of "Good Day Today" recall the once-massive "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand," except Lynch isn't quite the sonic maestro that Primitive Radio Gods once were (that's a sentence that exists now, and that's something we all just have to live with). It hits a little flimsy.
Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand"
You can hear, under the Laurie Anderson, "O Superman" vocal squelch, Lynch's affectively mild and endlessly distinctive flatlands accent, repeating: "Send me an angel / Save me / I want to have a good day today." Whatever codes Lynch buried here, they're shallow graves compared to the labyrinthine parabling of his films.
"I was just sitting and these notes came and then I went down and started working with Dean [Hurley, his engineer] and then these few notes, 'I want to have a good day, today' came and the song was built around that."
Still, does he think it may yet shoot to the top of the charts? "Absolutely," he said. "With a bullet."
This feels like a good partnership - and I'm looking forward to everyone having a good day today.
Unlike other musical hobbyists & toe-dippers, David Lynch's noodlings have netted him a (small) record deal with Sunday Best Recordings, who are pressing his two songs to vinyl for a late-January release. The release will feature remixes of "Good Day Today" and the more self-conciously weird-sounding "I Know" (made available as a downloadable single on iTunes today). We optimistically await these perfectly-curated remixes, which will most likely include Danger Mouse (following Lynch and Mouse's collaboration on Dark Night of the Soul) and other assoted mammoths. Because whatever Lynch may lack in raw musical talent is easily forgotten in the wake of his massively good taste. That suit?