Season 1 of “Westworld” may be over but now fans of the HBO series can sit back and relax to the buzzy tunes of the show’s soundtrack. Released this week by WaterTower Music, the album features 34 songs from composer Ramin Djawadi, as well as the previous covers included in the EP like Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” and the Cure’s “A Forest.”
Additionally, new covers from the last half of the season include Djawadi’s interpretations of “Fake Plastic Trees” by The Bends, OK Computer’s “Exit Music (For a Film),” Nine Inch Nails’ “Something I Can Never Have,” Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.”
The sci-fi western series had been known for using a new piano cover of a famous rock band song to add an extra layer to the plot. In an interview with Pitchfork, Djawadi expressed how the renditions worked perfectly for the series.
“I think it’s a great fit. Like with ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ [by Radiohead] – even if you just take the title — with ‘Westworld,’ what is real? What is not real? You can interpret it in many ways,” the composer expressed. “What I love about that is it just comes out of nowhere and you don’t expect it at all. You see the settings and the way people are dressed and even though you know it’s robots and it’s all made to be modern entertainment, you would think the people in control would make everything authentic, including whatever is played on that player piano. It would be from that time period. And when it’s not, it’s that subtle reminder that, ‘Wait, there is something not right. This is not real.’ It’s just such a powerful tool that only music can do.”
Season 1 recently wrapped and will return for another 10-episode second season sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.
Listen to the complete soundtrack below.