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A long-lost “esoteric jazz” album by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti has been unearthed

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti

A long-lost album from David Lynch and his go-to musical collaborator Angelo Badalamenti has been unearthed and is set for release in November.

Titled Thought Gang (also the name of the duo’s collaborative moniker), the album was recorded over multiple sessions throughout the 1990s.

David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti

A long-lost “esoteric jazz” album from David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti has been unearthed and is set for release this November. Listen to a cut below.

As well as working together on the iconic soundtrack for Twin Peaks, Badalamenti worked with Lynch on many of his films, including Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. They decided to form Thought Gang during a 1991 recording session for a track called A Real Indication, according to a press release:

As the oft-told story goes, Lynch and Badalamenti had just finished recording the initial instrumental take for ‘A Real Indication.’ A set of lyrics had been penned, leaving Lynch with the question: who would he get to sing them? Eager to prove and deliver, Badalamenti suggested that he himself give it an attempt, much to Lynch’s uncertainty that he’d actually be the right fit. “I’d heard Angelo sing before…he used to sing on demos and things…I knew what Angelo sounded like and I thought he was going to embarrass himself…I thought there’s no way this was gonna work.” Much to Lynch’s surprise, Badalamenti launched into the song with his distinctive talk-sing delivery, summoning such a violent laughter-fueled excitement from Lynch that he literally induced a hernia. “It was like a lightbulb exploded in my stomach,” Lynch recalls. “Angelo was feeling it. He was feeling it…we hit the button and he just took off!

As CoS note, many of these songs will be familiar to Lynch diehards. Tracks Frank 2000, Summer Night Noise, and Logic and Common Sense popped up in last year’s Twin Peaks reboot. Others have appeared in various forms in Mulholland Drive, and deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me.

“The esoteric jazz side-project…evolved from the seeds of Twin Peaks’ trademark slow cool jazz and blossomed into more experimental pastures: horizonless vistas of acid-soaked free-jazz, laced with spoken word narratives and sprawling noisescape,” says Sacred Bones.

Listen to a cut from the album, Woodcutters From Fiery Ships, below. Thought Gang is out November 2 via Sacred Bones.

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September 20, 2018