5 Songs I Love From ‘Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack)’

Cover of both Twin Peaks albums, image: Rhino

If you watched it, you’re still trying to process last weekend twin peaks final. While answers to what happened on Earth in this last hour, and most of the series as a whole, are unlikely to be available, something we can relate to are the two – yes, two – official soundtracks that were released last week.

Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack) mostly features original compositions by series composer Angelo Badalamenti although there are a few other tracks included here, notably Witold Rowicki’s strange and terrifying “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima”.

Twin Peaks (limited event series music) features, as the title suggests, songs that appeared throughout the eighteen episodes that made up The Return. These are primarily the songs played at the Roadhouse at the end of many episodes, but several other tracks are included, such as Booker T.’s “Green Onions” and the MG’s, which played on the mesmerizing floor stage.

A third album, Resource Anthology Vol. 1:▲▲ by Dean Hurley was also released, which features ambient music and sounds heard throughout the new season.

Here I will share five of my favorite tracks from Twin Peaks (limited event series soundtrack); be sure to search my favorites from Twin Peaks (limited event series music) next week.

Twin Peaks Theme – Angelo Badalamenti

Many people might consider it a cop to choose the theme song from this list. I do not agree. 26 years passed between the two days when this theme song sounded on TV sets to announce the start of a brand new episode of twin peaks. Just hearing those opening notes was enough to transport us to a place that was both wonderful and strange, a place that many people had been waiting to return to for decades, never daring to hope that one day they would go. finally. There’s simply no other piece of music that sums up the show better than this one, and for that reason alone, it deserves its place here.

Theme Accident/Farewell – Angelo Badalamenti

This piece appeared twice in The Return, but this is the first appearance I want to discuss in detail here because it was the music that accompanied the most heartbreaking and emotionally raw moment I have ever seen. on the television. The hit-and-run murder of a young boy was so painful to watch that I doubt I could relive the scene, and the aftermath screenshots have the ability to make me cry months after watching. Maybe it’s because my own son is the same age, but it was a moment I’ll never forget, and Badalamenti’s music – the first new track we heard from him during The Return – works perfectly.

The music was reused in the scene where Cooper said goodbye to Janey-E and Sonny Jim before his trip to the town of Twin Peaks and it should be noted that despite his sadness, the music ends on a more upbeat note with the appearance of warmer tones. I like to think that this hope stems from Dougie’s eventual return to his family and, more so, from the spirit of the young boy finding peace after ascending to the White Lodge.

Windswept (Reprise) – Johnny Jewel

One of the few tracks on this album that is not by series composer Andrew Badalamenti, “Windswept” appeared several times throughout The Return, usually in association with Dougie-Cooper. The version on the soundtrack is labeled as a cover, but is actually 22 seconds longer than the version on Johnny Jewels. Windy album, which could easily be considered a fourth twin peaks soundtrack. This music is very distinct from Badalamenti’s contributions, with a soft jazz feel aided by saxophone and soft drums. This helped give the Las Vegas scenes a different feel to those set in Twin Peaks – but the haunting air of tragedy that underscores everything in the series remains.

The President – ​​Angelo Badalamenti

Another Badalamenti track, this the third new composition by him to appear on The Return, “The Chair” sounds altogether warmer and more hopeful than most of the others in the line. twin peaks scores, though it still maintains that undercurrent of tragedy that we recognize as key to the series’ overall soundscape.

The track plays around when Mrs. Briggs reveals a hidden compartment in her living room chair and a strange object he placed there decades before, knowing that time would come and it would be time for the object to be handed over. to Bobby, Hawk and Truman. The Major also seemed to know that one day his son would be in a much better place than he was in the last few years they spent together, which brings tears to his now adult son’s eyes.

Heartbreaking – Angelo Badalamenti

This piece plays into one of those rare non-Roadhouse moments in The Return where we know the characters are hearing the same thing we are. Near the end of Part 11, Dougie-Cooper goes to a restaurant with the Mitchum brothers for a slice of the cherry pie that saved his life and hears this haunting composition by Angelo Badalamenti played by the house pianist. . Its title is certainly apt, as the music sounds more suited to the scene of a tragedy than something you might want to hear in an Italian restaurant – unless you like crying into your pasta. However, the combination of pie and music sparked something in Dougie-Cooper and for a brief moment we caught a glimpse of something more in his eye. For its beauty and significance as one of the few Badalamenti pieces to truly take center stage, this must be included here.

Honorable Mention: Laura Palmer Theme (Twin Peaks Love Theme) – Angelo Badalamenti

It’s another track taken from the 1990 soundtrack, so I didn’t feel right including it in my list; however, given its huge importance to the show, I couldn’t leave it out either. “Laura Palmer’s Theme” is in many ways the heart of twin peaks, going from the dark, brooding sound of the woods at night to a melody that breaks your heart as it builds to a crescendo, then fades back into darkness again. It’s the story of Laura’s life and death told in music, and it’s just as painful.

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