Well, kind of. My mind took a leap as soon as I saw the names mentioned in the same sentence, and I assumed the visionary director actually took the helm of this music video for Au Revoir Simone‘s ‘Shadows.’
Lynch has been a vocal fan of the keyboard-based girl group since as far back as 2007, when the two were paired together for an interesting music/interview evening in Barnes and Noble Union Square. The man read from his book, the girls provided the music, and Lynch apparently fell in love.
Side note: I never made the connection until now, but the man has a voice and pacing that reminds me of Mr. Rogers. Click here and watch this clip where he talks about music in general, and Au Revoir Simone in particular (it’s not embedding for some reason). Come to think of it, looking back, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood feels oddly Lynchian, going by author (and fan) David Foster Wallace’s pretty all-encompassing definition of the director’s trademark creepy-slash-normal style. Hmm.
Anyway, our generation’s greatest weird-ass director genius sounds practically breathless here as he types all-caps, Kanye-style:
“I LOVE AU REVOIR SIMONE ….. THESE GIRLS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES ….. MUSIC JUST FLOWS OUT OF THEM SO NATURALLY – AND IT’S GREAT MUSIC …… THIS VIDEO FOR “SHADOWS” – FROM THEIR NEW ALBUM “STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT” IS MIGHTY – THE COLOR AND THE LIGHT ARE STELLAR – THE MOVES AND LOOKS – MINIMAL – CLEAN – MODERN AND SOLID ….. IT ALL COMES ALONG SO WELL SUPPORTING THE GIRLS AND THEIR MUSIC ….. ANNIE, ERIKA AND HEATHER HAVE GOT THEIR ACT TOGETHER – THEY’RE BIG – BUT THEY’RE GONNA BE BIGGER – THEY’RE GONNA BE REAL BIG.”
No, Lynch himself didn’t direct this haunting clip; credit actually goes to Brendan Colhurst and Vikram Gandhi, who worked with the group on the clip above from their 2007 record The Bird of Music. The video is, however, presented by David Lynch on his website as a strong show of support, I guess. No matter — the clip isn’t too far off from what I’d imagine Lynch creating anyway, from the lighting and the slightly unsettling shaky effect to the way the song and video both end so abruptly.