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David Lynch releases first single on iTunes

David Lynch has written and recorded his first single, Good Day Today, out today on iTunes.

The maverick film director behind freak flick Blue Velvet and hit TV series Twin Peaks, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, has released the track on leftfield DJ Rob Da Bank's Sunday Best UK indie label.

The dance track isn't Lynch's first foray into the world of music. He helped compose the music for his first film, Eraserhead, with Alan R Splet. More recently, he contributed to US musician Danger Mouse's Dark Night Of The Soul project with the band Sparklehorse.

"I was just sitting and these notes came and then I went down and started working with Dean [Hurley, his engineer] and then these few notes, 'I want to have a good day, today' came and the song was built around that," Lynch told the UK's Guardian newspaper in an interview.

"[Music is] its own thing," said the 64-year-old. "A still photo can be mighty powerful, a film can be mighty powerful. The world you can make in a film is incredible. Music is something that goes inside a person and it does something and it can really thrill the soul. It's another magical medium."

In addition to the single's iTunes release, Lynch is taking pre-orders for a deluxe two-disc vinyl edition of the single, complete with a collection of specially commissioned remixes. The limited edition set is being produced by The Vinyl Factory, and comes with artwork from Vaughan Oliver, the designer behind album art for 4AD artists including The Cocteau Twins and The Pixies.

Listeners with a taste for more traditional fare could plump for The Old Christmas Sandwich, the festive new release from THINQ friends Christopher Dennis and The Swede Michaels Choir, aided and abetted in their quest for the yuletide top spot by none other than Mrs Stephen Fry, and soon to be joining Lynch in the iTunes store.