ARTICLE Julee Cruise’s angelic voice guided us through David Lynch’s American hell

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The singer blended dream-pop with Americana to eerie effect, and Lynch’s uncanny work elevated her songs to the sublime.


The celestial sigh that we think of as the voice of Julee Cruise was a collaborative fiction. In 1986 David Lynch was obsessed with This Mortal Coil’s version of Song to the Siren, sung by Elizabeth Fraser, and desperate to feature it in his movie Blue Velvet but he couldn’t afford to license it. His plan B was to commission the composer Angelo Badalamenti to mimic the song’s peculiar, oceanic blend of bliss and oblivion. To complete the composition, Mysteries of Love, Badalamenti needed a very particular voice and he asked Julee Cruise to help him track one down.

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