Director and legendary eccentric David Lynch hasn't come out with a feature-length film since 2006, choosing instead to focus on shorts, frenetic Nine Inch Nails videos, and, perhaps most intriguing, his own music career. Lynch's latest studio album, The Big Dream, won't see an official release until July 16th, but it's available now for streaming on Pitchfork — replete with twichy, black-and-white visuals that hearken back to his groundbreaking directorial debut, Eraserhead.
The Big Dream marks Lynch's follow-up to Crazy Clown Time, which was released to mixed reviews in 2011. The artist describes his latest work as a "modernized form of low-down blues," and it certainly seems more stripped down than his earlier pieces, which at times bordered on the sonically tortuous. The blues influence is apparent throughout Big Dream — it includes a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" — though there are some dreamier, pop-infused tracks, as well. Last month, Lynch released a video for the track "I'm Waiting Here," a gauzy collaboration with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. (The song isn't included on Pitchfork's stream, but will be available as a bonus track.)
Lynch teased the artwork for Big Dream earlier this year on his Vine account, posting a video of a silhouetted man being struck by a lightning bolt. At the time, he described the clip as "another mystery," though he later elaborated upon its significance in an interview with SPIN.
"That man is experiencing big love. And that's what the big dream is all about," Lynch told the magazine last month. "When that man was walking down the street, and he saw you, you can picture that electric lightning bolt going through him. Big love."