Holloweyed favorites Sacred Bones Records have just unveiled details of a deluxe vinyl-only reissue of the OST of one of the underground film world’s favorites, 1977′s darkly surreal Eraserhead. A canon-topper in its own right, it was the feature debut from David Lynch, who wrote, produced and directed. The film’s significance and technique is well discussed, so I won’t go down that path- it’s on Hulu for free if you need any convincing.

The entire gorgeous soundtrack set releases today as a limited edition of 1500 and it will feature a 16-page booklet, three 11-inch prints, a digital download and a 7-inch single of Peter Ivers’ “In Heaven” b/w the previously unreleased tune “Pete’s Boogie.” UPDATE: Looks like Sacred Bones have just announced a second pressing of 1000. You can purchase right here.

Considering that the visual impact of both the film itself and the package, Sacred Bones are hosting an evening of music videos, short films and a special 35mm screening of the film on August 16 in San Francisco at Roxie Theater to celebrate. Info here.

Hear a small portion of the soundtrack and the label’s thoughts on the film/soundtrack below.

David Lynch/Peter Ivers’- “In Heaven” (Stream)

 

A staple of the dark underbelly of popular cinema that was originally only viewable at arthouse screenings or on the Midnight Movie circuit, Eraserhead is a truly unadulterated offering; and much of its sensation lies beyond the purely visual realm. The stark, dusty black and white images put forth are caked with and submerged in a dense jungle of industrial hums, buzzes, screeches and screams. Eraserhead is a narrative made up of two intertwined veins: one of bleak and beautiful pictures elegantly painted in gray and black; and one of blankets of sublime, enveloping noise and static, the tinkering of Fats Waller organ rolls echoing in the background.

To lay in the dark and listen to this dizzying succession of blissful noise is a different way to get “lost” in the vast space of then the visuals of the film itself. It’s no stretch to consider this soundtrack an experimental, early industrial masterpiece. Eraserhead’s individual passion and personal tone shines through even in the thickest moments of fierce static, an audio undertaking that took Lynch and sound designer Alan Splet years to perfect. Though Eraserhead’s most famous piece of music is undoubtedly Peter Ivers’ unforgettable, oft-covered haunting ballad “In Heaven”, and the most exciting attribute of this edition of the soundtrack is no doubt its expansion; during the process of transferring the audio tapes, an unre­leased recording from Ivers was discovered. It had not been heard since it was originally performed, over three decades ago. After working for years to expose and foster the dark, brooding sounds that exist in the current underground, nothing could make us more proud than to share with our audience this, a new look at one of our most cherished influences; the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Eraserhead