Ken Tucker
June 16, 2009 AT 08:15 PM EDT

“This is what I call ‘modern ’50s’ music,” says David Lynch about the exclusive track EW is streaming here from a new, Lynch-lyric’d album called Fox Bat Strategy. The director of Blue Velvet, Inland Empire, and so many other dream-nightmares told EW, “I produced this music and wrote these lyrics, and these songs sat on the shelf since about 2006 until now.”

Lynch has entitled the album Fox Bat Strategy: A Tribute to Dave Jaurequi, in honor of the recording’s guitarist and vocalist, who died in 2006 at age 50. As you can hear on this track, “Shoot The Works,” Jaurequi intones Lynch’s love lyric like a rockabilly balladeer. When I suggested that Jaurequi sounds like Ricky Nelson on a midnight prowl, Lynch says, “Yeah! That’s right! I love that ’50s feel of innocence and pain mingling.”

Lynch says of the Fox Bat band that “these guys were the session-players for [1992’s] Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me — they were in the ‘pink room’ and ‘blue Frank’ scenes in the film.”

“Dave Jariqui was not a singer,” explains Lynch. “He was a guitarist, a fantastic one, but I asked him to sing and speak these lyrics of mine, because I had a hunch that proved correct: he had great phrasing, and I love the grain of his voice….I think about him a lot, and wish we’d been able to record more than the seven songs that are on this album.”

Fox Bat Strategy will go on sale June 30.

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