The original “Twin Peaks” and the big-screen “Fire Walk With Me” provided fans with a couple of the best soundtracks out there, in no small part due to Angelo Badalmenti’s score and tracks by Julee Cruise, best known for the song “Falling.” With Showtime’s new season of “Twin Peaks,” we once again enter David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal world, where the soundtrack is as compelling as before.
Listen to the Spotify playlist below for a complete list of songs heard on Showtime’s bizarre murder mystery revival. Ranging from atmospheric and dreamy to, well, atmospheric and eerie, these tunes are beautifully haunting and will transport you to the tiny Washington town where the pie is sweet, the coffee is strong, and the owls are not what they seem. They’re the perfect tunes to set the mood for your next “Twin Peaks” viewing party or if you just want to pretend you’re in The Bang Bang Bar and have just ordered a beer.
“Twin Peaks” picks up 25 years after the events of the original series ended with its second season in 1991. When last we left the town, Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) had entered the Black Lodge, met his doppelgänger and then was stranded there when his evil double escaped into the real world. The revival series shows what Cooper and some of our favorite Twin Peaks residents have been up to in the last quarter of a century, and how they’re still involved with fighting the evil forces that had plagued the town before.
While Julee Cruise doesn’t have the same presence on the new soundtrack (yet), she will make an appearance on the show. Meanwhile, each episode, beginning with Episode 2, has featured a new band that is part of the entertainment at The Bang Bang Bar where the locals hang out. The playlist below includes Badalmenti’s main theme — other songs featured on the show and the bands at the bar, updated each week to reflect the new band.
Episode 2: Chromatics, “Shadow”
Episode 3: The Cactus Blossoms, “Mississippi”
Episode 4: Au Revoir Simone, “Lark”
Episode 5: Trouble*, “Snake Eyes”
*note that the band members for Trouble listed in the credits are Riley Lynch (who is David Lynch’s son), Sam Smith, Alex Zhang Hungtai and Dean Hurley
Episode 6: Sharon Van Etten, “Tarifa”
Episode 7: No band, just sweeping and a phone call
Episode 8: “The” Nine Inch Nails, “She’s Gone Away”*
Members: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Marquee Maandag Reznor, Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Joey Castillo
Episode 9: Hudson Mohawke, “Human” (not available on playlist… yet)
Episode 9: Au Revoir Simone, “A Violent Yet Flammable World”
Episode 10: Rebekah Del Rio, “No Stars”
Episode 11: Angelo Badalamenti, “Heartbreaking”
Episode 12: “Saturday,” Chromatics”
Episode 13: “Just You and I,” James Marshall
Episode 14: “Wild West,” Lissie
Episode 15: “Axolotl,” The Veils
Episode 16: “Out of Sand,” Edward Louis Severson III, aka Eddie Vedder
Episode 17: “The World Spins,” Julee Cruise
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“Twin Peaks” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime.