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It has been seven years since David Lynch’s last film, Inland Empire. “I’ve got some fragments that are coming, but not the big idea,” the director said last year. The fragments appear to have ended up on The Big Dream, a less successful reprise of his 2011 debut album, Crazy Clown Time.
The mood is sinister Americana – rattlesnake guitars, foreboding drums – over which Lynch sing-speaks cryptic lyrics in an eerie William Burroughs voice. Excepting an eccentric cover of “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” it’s basically the same song recorded again and again, each time from a marginally different angle. Please get back to the big idea, Mr Lynch.
The Big Dream
(Sunday Best Recordings)