The title alone should really give the discriminating listener an indication of the kind of warped, surreal sensibility one can expect from the director of Mulholland Drive in his first full-length album. Of course, David Lynch’s body of work is characterized by its evocative musical soundscapes, much of it provided by composer extraordinaire, Angelo Badalamenti, that work to heighten the pervasive mood of confusion and underlying darkness that Lynch is best known for. It makes sense that the American auteur would extend his interests to music, for much of Crazy Clown Time evokes the same visceral fragmentation of the (post)modern world that permeate his visual output.
This past Halloween weekend’s Electronic Dance Party concert, held at Ithaca College’s Emerson Suites, was the perfect avenue to introduce me to the radical, shape-shifting sounds of three of electronic music’s current practitioners: Manchester producer/DJ Starslinger, and opening acts Shlohmo and Shigeto.
I can still take pleasure in one of the few events I’ve made a point of attending every year since I first came here: The Apple Harvest Festival, an annual autumn celebration of everything that is quintessentially Ithacan.
I am a part of a generation of young adults who are thought to have vivid, hyper-specific memories of September 11, 2001, the event that ultimately shaped our collective lives and psyche.