The duo experimented with different sound editing techniques, using unorthodox methods to create an atmosphere filled with spooky train-yard rhythms, howling winds, and murky hidden melodies. Eraserhead whirrs, clicks, and shudders. It mixes familiar sounds, like running water, barking dogs, breaking glass, tweeting birds, and creaking bedsprings with the roar of unidentifiable noise. Something unknown hisses menacingly. Machinery crackles. A hyperventilating newborn chokes on the air. It otherworldly. It's scary.
Threatening atmospheric textures build Eraserhead's core sound, but there is melody to this record too. Five-and-a-half minutes into the first side, a pipe organ wrestles its way into the mix. The organ is a sample of "The Digah's Stomp", a late '20s pipe-organ piece by jazz-great Fats Walker. The samples creates a warm nostalgia. It's a distant warmth – Lynch and Splet kept "The Digah's Stomp" far beneath the surface – but it's enough to remind the listener that this industrial world is still inhabited by humans. (Lynch and Splet repeat this process a few more times. Three additional Walker pieces, "Lenox Avenue Blues", "Stompin' the Bug", and "Messin' Around with the Blues" swim deep through Eraserhead's murky waters. Like "Digah's Stomp", the samples are brief, buried, and strangely effective.)
Richie Corelli - horrordna.com