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Re-released to coincide with the new version of David Lynch's divisive 2006 head trip 'Inland Empire' 'Ghost of Love' marked the beginning of a new era for the multi-disciplinary artist, featuring his formant-shifted vocals against a mucky backdrop of steam-powered blues, with Dean Hurley on bass!
Some of us can just about remember when Lynch became so engrossed in the early promise of the internet's 1.0 charm that for a while, his own davidlynch.com site served as a hub for fans and curious onlookers in the post Mulholland Drive era. Filled with bizarre curiosities - webseries', animations and half-finished ideas - the site was a way for Lynch to cycle through experimental processes without having to commit to long-form or cow-tow to Hollywood. It was these ideas that eventually led to the most misunderstood (and arguably most avant garde) film of his career: 'Inland Empire', which has just been remastered and re-released theatrically for the first time since 2006.
Dusty helium blues anthem 'Ghost of Love' is synonymous with the movie, but it's unclear which came first. Lynch wrote the song in 2005 in his own purpose-built music studio, using the Boss VT-1 formant shifter to transform his voice into a chipmunk squeal. He'd used the device to dub characters on his "Dumbland" webseries, and here transported that mood into a proper song that mimicked the moody shimmer of 'Blue Velvet' and 'Twin Peaks'. Interestingly enough, Dean Hurley, who'd started working with Lynch as a sound supervisor during this time, plays bass on the track, with Lynch handling guitar. 'Imaginary Girl' is the track's companion piece, and continues the themes with clipped drums, soft-focus atmospheres and alien vocals.