JULEE CRUISE – ” The Voice of Love “

Posted: May 25, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Photo of Julee Cruise by David Lynch

Sacred Bones Records will be releasing two records by the legendary singer Julee Cruise – The Voice of Love, her sophomore album which is now available on vinyl for the first time, and Three Demos, a collection of early recordings that became the classic songs for Floating Into the Night. Both releases are out August 17th. (Sacred Bones Record Society members will receive both titles automatically as the final entry in their subscription.)

Cruise fulfills a special cornerstone in the Twin Peaks universe. Her initial collaboration with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti on Blue Velvet’s“Mysteries of Love” set into motion a chain of events that would ultimately help birth the core sonic identity of the 1990 series, all before a frame of it was ever shot. Three Demos is a new 12″ release collecting versions of “Floating,” “Falling,” and “The World Spins” from the early sessions where Cruise, Lynch, and Badalamenti collaborated. “Floating” originally began with a stunning spoken-word intro later dropped entirely from the album version. Following the success of debut album Floating Into the Night, Cruise, Lynch, and Badalamenti returned to the studio with new compositions, as well as the intent to craft previously instrumental score-based material from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Wild at Heart into Julee Cruise songs. Cruise made a number of appearances on Twin Peaks as a singer at a local bar, and was prominently featured in both the show’s landmark pilot episode and the episode where Laura Palmer’s murderer is revealed,

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The result was 1993’s final studio album The Voice of Love, which is now seeing release on vinyl for the very first time as a lavish double LP.

In 1985, Badalamenti was composing the score for David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, as well as serving as the vocal coach for the film’s star, Isabella Rossellini. A key scene in Blue Velvetwas intended to feature This Mortal Coil’s version of “Song to the Siren” written by Tim Buckley, but when the rights to the song proved prohibitively expensive, it was suggested that Badalamenti compose a pop song in the same style, with lyrics written by Lynch. Because the song required a vocalist with a haunting, ethereal voice, Badalamenti recommended Julee Cruise, who had sung in a New York theater workshop Badalamenti had produced. The result of their initial collaboration was “Mysteries of Love”, which figures prominently in Blue Velvet’s closing scenes and gained a cult following.

The Voice of Love

25 years after its initial release, Julee Cruise’s sophomore album The Voice of Love is being issued for the first time on vinyl as a deluxe 2xLP, and returning to print on CD. In 1992, after the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, and Julee Cruise returned to the studio with new compositions as well as the intent to craft previously instrumental score-based material from Fire Walk With Me and Wild at Heartinto Julee Cruise songs. The result was 1993’s final studio album The Voice of Love“In the studio, David would always say ‘[sing] like an angel, like an angel…” Cruise remembers.

Three Demos

Three Demos is a very unique release, featuring the very first demo recordings for songs from Julee Cruise’s initial LP with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti, Floating Into the Night.

These early versions are fascinating glimpses into the genesis of what became Floating Into the Night and the minimal key ingredients that made the material alchemize. An early version of the album opener “Floating” originally began with a stunning spoken-word intro later dropped entirely from the album version. A revelation in their overarching simplicity, the three-song collection is devoid of the LP’s additional arrangement flourishes, and yet still manages to present the same emotional depth charge with only voice, synthesizer and lyric

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