"Crazy Clown Time"
Sunday Best Recording/PIAS America
Release Date: Nov. 8
Based on David Lynch's reputation, one can expect his first album to be either weird or cinematic. He delivers on both counts on "Crazy Clown Time." Lynch is hardly a stranger to tunes. He has actively collaborated with the composers for his film and TV projects, and even co-wrote "In Heaven" for his 1977 film "Eraserhead." For Crazy Clown Time, Lynch teams with musician/engineer Dean Hurley, while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O guests on the thumping narrative "Pinky's Dream." Most of these 14 tracks wade through dense layers of texture and avant ambience, never particularly dynamic but filled with a 3-D sonic wash that conjures wide-open desert landscapes, sepia-toned rooms and the kind of barely hinged characters who tend to populate Lynch's stories. With his own voice dressed up in effects, the club-friendly "Good Day Today" hits a direct sweet spot, but we spend a lot more time with noir, impressionistic pieces like "Speed Roadster," "Strange and Unproductive Thinking" and the title track.