Still enjoying the considerable success of their score for the award-winning Blue Velvet Revisited with Tuxedomoon and John Foxx, May ‘19 saw Criterion release the definitive Blu-Ray of David Lynch's Blue Velvet, with BVR included as the main extra at Lynch’s own request. New recordings for projects with Kelli Ali (ex-Sneaker Pimps) and The Residents soon followed, with Rusty Egan (Visage) releasing his own remix of CWNN’s classic ‘Swept Away’, and inviting frontman Erik Stein to perform his new single with guest Chris Payne (ex-Gary Numan). All fired up, the all-new 13 track album sees CWNN at the peak of their musical and lyrical powers, as they contemplate a disintegrating society. They typically unleash a brutal acid wit on the electro-funk of ‘Blind Dogs for the Guides’ and jazz-tinged ‘She Sells Incels’, but still conjure up soaring mournful moments such as ‘By Air of By Sea’ and ‘In Hollywood You Won’t Find Bel-Air’, alongside the pure synthpop of ‘So Much Left to Undo’ and ‘Button on My Desk’. It’s an album that’s dark, that’s light, that’s electronic, that’s acoustic…and that’s anywhere in between.
Mediaburn includes the usual CWNN special guest appearances. Kelli Ali weaves her vocal magic throughout, and Steven Brown and Blaine Reininger of Tuxedomoon add evocative saxophone and violin textures.