Crazy Clown Time is the first solo album by Lynch. Two songs, "Good Day Today" and "I Know", were released in November 2010. The album contains music that evolved from "home-studio jam sessions and sporadic experiments" which Lynch says he will not attempt to recreate in a live setting.
The album features the voice of David Lynch and guest vocals by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, over "reverb-soaked guitar twangs" and "electronic washes".
The album received mixed to positive reviews. Metacritic assigned it an average score of 62 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. A BBC music critic writes that the album "hangs together" and "transfers something of Lynch's uncanny cinema to the musical medium" but it is "not without its duff tracks" in particular, the song "Strange and Unproductive Thinking", which includes lyrics about Transcendental Meditation read through a vocoder machine. Another music critic described it as "unsettling, brilliant, beautiful, everyday, avant-garde vision" that is "close to Electro-Pop" and yet "unlike any Electro-Pop". A critic at Time Entertainment commented: "though it won't make you think that he's a musician first and a filmmaker second... this disc is at least worth picking up" even though at times the album gets too weighed down with "bluesy weirdness" and other sounds instead of coming up with memorable lyrics that "keep the listener in the world". Other critics have referred to the recording as "untranscendental, unmeditative", "transfixingly odd", and "the white man's blues" with a "sameness to the musical bed and feeling" on a lot of the musical tracks.