Julee Cruise

Song Review by Stewart Mason

In its doomy-sounding instrumental incarnation, this tune by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti is best known as the theme to Lynch's short-lived TV series Twin Peaks. Prior to that adaptation, however, it was a centerpiece of 1989's Floating Into the Night, a masterful slice of dream pop written by Lynch and Badalamenti for their Iowa-born vocal protégée Julee Cruise. With Cruise's helium-pitched vocals (think of the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser minus the reverb and singing in recognizable English) overdubbed multiple times, singing Lynch's archly simplistic, deliberately naïve lyrics over Badalamenti's glacial synth washes and the impossibly deep-toned bass that plays the central melodic figure, "Falling" sounds less disturbingly dark and more like the artsy but accessible love song that it is. Cruise memorably sang the song in one episode of Twin Peaks and also performed it while hanging from a harness 30 feet above the stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Lynch and Badalamenti's nightmarish performance piece Industrial Symphony #1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Floating into the Night 1989 Warner Bros. 5:18