June 24, 2013

Hear New Sound: David Lynch's "Star Dream Girl"

Music seems to be the only thing on avant film auteur David Lynch's brilliant mind these days, as the only known directorial projects he's helming at the moment are the new video for Nine Inch Nails' comeback single "Came Back Haunted" and his sophomore full-length, The Big Dream, due out July 15th via Sacred Bones. Last month, we heard the album's bonus cut "I'm Waiting Here," a collaboration with Lykki Li that sounded like a throwback to his work with Twin Peaks muse Julie Cruise, but The Big Dream is, according to the filmmaker, "modern blues" where "most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam" and then "go sideways from there." Of course they do, Mr. Lynch. Today, the cult art legend debuted the album's first proper single in "Star Dream Girl," which recalls memories of Jerry Lee Lewis in more than one way. In his own words:

"After I moved away from Boise, Idaho, I came back in the summer of ’61. Around that time, Jerry Lee Lewis was supposed to play at this big club in the Sagebrush Desert — I think it was called the Miramar. Back then, these big events would catch people’s imaginations. They would take their motorcycles or hot rods to these remote places to see some star. So we all drove out to this place, but Jerry never showed up and people were really pissed off. ‘Star Dream Girl’ has that same kind of charisma. People can’t wait to see her and come from miles around...The lyrics came to me all at once, but there was no music yet. Then one night, Dean (Hurley) was playing guitar in the studio and I was egging him on when he caught a wave like the surfers out in Hawaii. He was in the tunnel man… and the lyrics married with that ride."

In typical Lynchian fashion, "Star Dream Girl" twists itself into a bizarro interpretation of what seeing a Jerry Lee Lewis show might be like if it took place at One Eyed Jacks. Doze off into Lynch's imaginative world below...

David Lynch - "Star Dream Girl"

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