With lush cinematography, bizarre characters, surreal dialogue and dense, murky mythology–David Lynch scratched several of our dark and strange thematic itches with his marvelously bold and enigmatic show, Twin Peaks, in the early 1990s.
And even if, like me, you did not watch Twin Peaks when it first aired (but instead saw it 18 years later, in your mid-30’s) you were no doubt every bit as astonished as those initial audiences; you were instantly captivated and considered it a rare marvel of television. And the soundtrack! Oh, what beautiful, sinister sounds. Utterly transportive, (un)easy listening. One almost doesn’t even need the visuals to appreciate its evocative melodies: low, ominous synthesizers, dreamy organ drone, swank finger-snapping punctuated by sultry bursts of horns and jazzy flourishes, Julee Cruise’s breathy, otherwordly croons…
Approved by both director David Lynch & composer Angelo Badalamenti, the eerie score for Twin Peaks is back in print for the first time in 25 years, courtesy horror-themed label Death Waltz Recording Company and available through Mondo. Pre-ordered back in August, I finally received the gorgeous album sometime in November and have been both entranced and thoroughly unsettled ever since–it is truly a work of remarkable contrasts. And I am happy to say that listening to the sickeningly sweet, somewhat cheesy, and strangely innocuous motif of the Twin Peaks intro still gives me stomach-turning fits of fretful nausea, just as it did with its opening notes, the very first time I heard it.
“I’m glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I’m happy it will get a fresh listen” – Angelo Badalamenti 2016.
Order the Twin Peaks Original Score LP here.
And, as a perfect complement to 2016′ Twin Peaks re-issue, Death Waltz Recording Company has announced its release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on vinyl for the 25th anniversary of David Lynch’s nightmarish cinematic continuation of the beloved television series. The vinyl features Angelo Badalamenti’s gorgeous, eerie score with audio approved by the composer, and director David Lynch-approved artwork by Sam Smith and packaging by Jay Shaw. The soundtrack will be available for purchase on January 25 at Mondotees.com.