David Lynch The Art Life Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score David Lynch The Art Life by Jonatan Bengta.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 93
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26.8
Album Excellence: 63.8%
David Lynch: The Art Life is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes & Jon Nguyen and starring David Lynch. David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” The score is composed by Jonatan Bengta.
David Lynch is without a doubt one of my favorite film creators and directors. I think the first time I was exposed to David Lynch it might have been Blue Velvet from 1986, but it wasn’t until Twin Peaks hit our small screens in 1990 that I truly fell in love with the man’s work. There’s still a few movies by him I haven’t seen, but I’d like to see them all and enjoy them. Lynch is unique and the new season of Twin Peaks is just bonkers, a brilliant mix of Lynch being Lynch and small bites of nostalgia. The music for Lynch’s movies has always been interesting as well and I’m curious to find out what music Bengta has created for a look back into Lynch’s life. The score opens with ‘Homerun’ and it’s what I hoped it would sound like. There’s a marimba kind of rhythm with weird on wonderful skewed piano bits, not unlike what I would expect in a David Lynch production.
It’s all about expectations isn’t it? The same goes for any David Lynch production. The new Twin Peaks is a good example. If you were expecting Twin Peaks season 1 as you knew it, you would have been disappointed, but if you were expecting David Lynch to do his thing and then some, you’ll be delighted with it. With this score, I expected it to be weird and challenging, just like the man himself and his tv series and movies and that’s exactly what we have here. Maybe I’m colored by the fact that the new Twin Peaks is the greatest thing on television and everything Lynch is awesome, but I find this score highly fun and addictive. If you wonder, there are themes as well, and not just noises and weirdness, although fans of melodic scores will not get much enjoyment here unless you can shift your way of thinking and manage expectations correctly. For me, this is just what I needed in this Lynchian era of greatness.
2. Tropical Pocket
3. David’s Patio
5. Humming Guitar
6. Sawing Wood In The Dining Room
8. Giant Naked Woman
9. Dad In Uniform And a Ten-Gallon Cowboy Hat
10. Tiny Bob Dylan
13. Dead Birds In Plastic
15. Far Ambience In D
16. The Grant
17. The Dime
20. A Moving Painting