The mystery and dark intrigue surrounding the cooperative works of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti have mesmerized and haunted many a subconscious over the years. There’s something unique about the pairing of Badalamentis musical scores to Lynch’s dreamy scenery that is unsettling and simultaneously familiar. There’s also an era of innocence in the music that creates a timeless appeal without regard to the modern, nightmarish and sometimes corrupt scenarios presented within the films. It’s these things that keep people perpetually fascinated with the works of these genius artists, and it’s these things that have initiated the project SILENCIO.
Ideas quickly took shape into material for the first SILENCIO record, released in June of 2012. The album spans 17 songs with each track drawing direct and skewed influence from the music included throughout the gamut of Mr. Lynch’s films. The album’s sound encompasses the air and atmosphere of noir-cinema, with obvious nods to latin jazz, lounge, rockabilly and ambient space rock. Songs like “Harvest Companion”, “Hari Bari” & “Night Drive” exhibit the band in a smoky, raucous fashion while others like “Dream in Blue” and “Lacrymose” float in true Julee Cruise style. “Dreamwalk Dance” captures the penultimate sock-hop vibe of 50’s innocence. The group admittedly approached the recording process in a very simple manner, creating an offering that’s altruistic to its retro theme but still timeless in regards to genre. During the live show SILENCIO performs selections from all of Lynch’s films spanning “Eraserhead” to “Inland Empire”, with a focus on the works from the “Twin Peaks” series and “Fire Walk With Me” film.
The band’s original offerings seamlessly intersperse throughout the movie material and fit the occasion as if it were written as outtakes from some of Badalamenti’s “Lynch-iest” sessions. If there were ever a collective to perform for an event and capture the vibe of a “damn fine cup of coffee”, cherry pie and wind through the Douglas Firs, then Silencio is surely that group.