"Sometimes the lyrics come first but mostly the music is talking to you about how it wants to be, and then the lyrics are born out of that. It's a strange phenomenon, but I love doing it," he says
David Lynch says he felt "more confident" making his second solo album, "The Big Dream," which comes out July 16.
"I feel a little bit more confident, and I feel like the songs are tighter," Lynch, the filmmaker and visual artist tells Billboard. "Better is a funny word; I just feel it's a bit of a step up that we got on this album. I think you would hope for that, you know?"
"The Big Dream" follows Lynch's well-received 2011 release "Crazy Clown Time" and finds Lynch again writing and recording with regular cohort Big Dean Hurley. The album features 11 originals and a rendition of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown," while Lykke Li sings on the bonus track "I'm Waiting Here." The songs mix ethereal ambience with occasionally upbeat and gritty pieces such as "Star Dream Girl," "Say It" and "Sun Can't Be Seen No More" (with Lynch's 21-year-old son Riley on lead guitar), and Lynch says he's become firmly settled into the musical process.