David Lynch, 'Crazy Clown Time'

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Crazy Clown Time
Critical Mass
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Label: Sunday Best/PIAS

by David Peisner

Avant-noir filmmaker David Lynch calls his debut solo album "modern blues," but postmodern is more like it: Warm synths and woozy electric guitars transmit warped waves of sound over beats that stalk, stagger, throb, and creep. Lynch's wobbly croak of a voice is frequently manipulated to sound robotic or distant, or as if his mouth is stuffed with dinner rolls. Karen O coos and yelps through propulsive opener "Pinky's Dream," but Lynch handles most everything else here -- vocals, guitar, writing, production -- creating soundscapes that are dark, unsettling, and often confusing. Which is to say, quite a bit like his films.

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