David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti to release experimental jazz album

'Thought Gang,' snippets of which have made it into ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Mulholland Drive,’ drops tomorrow.

This Friday arrives a blessing upon David Lynch aficionados: It’s Thought Gang, the eponymous album of decades-old experimental jazz by the Twin Peaks creator and his longtime collaborator, composer Angelo Badalamenti.

The free-associative material comprising Thought Gang was recorded between 1992 and 1993 with musicians like drummer Grady Tate (who’s played with Charles Mingus and Quincy Jones) and bassist Buster Williams (who’s worked with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock).

“There were no arrangements or preset orchestrations,” Badalamenti told Rolling Stone. “We simply gave a tempo and an initial key to get started and asked [the musicians] to play what they felt, rhythmically and harmonically.”


Some of the music on Thought Gang has been used in various Lynch projects over the years, including Mulholland Drive, Showtime’s third season of Twin Peaks, and even an Adidas commercial that he filmed. The soundtrack of the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me featured two preliminary tracks, “A Real Indication” and “The Black Dog Runs at Night,” both of which will be on the upcoming album.

As is often the case with Lynch’s body of work, Thought Gang will be a little strange, even inaccessible. “I really do love it, but I know the reality is that it’s not exactly what people are going to flock to,” the director candidly told RS.

To get a taste of the album, out tomorrow on Sacred Bones Records, listen to “Woodcutters from Fiery Ships” below:


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