The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Sharon Van Etten


photo by Charina Pitzel (view set)

[ SPOILERS AHEAD ]

You might still be wondering how Dougie’s ring got into the stomach of a somehow-unaged Major Garland Briggs. Or, what exactly Agent Dale Cooper’s evil doppelgänger may have done to Diane. Or, where the heck is Audrey Horne? But one thing viewers of Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return know for certain: this season’s soundtrack has been straight off a KEXP playlist. Most of the episodes end with a band performing at Bang Bang Bar aka The Roadhouse, the local bar in the city of Twin Peaks.

In an ongoing weekly series of exclusive interviews, KEXP’s resident Twin Peaks expert DJ Morgan will chat with the show’s music director Dean Hurley. Hurley has collaborated extensively with David Lynch on sound design and music, and since 2005, has operated Asymmetrical Studio, Lynch’s recording studio and film dubbing facility located in the Hollywood Hills.


In today’s interview, Hurley talks about how he introduced Sharon Van Etten to Lynch through KEXP’s 2014 in-studio session. Van Etten performs the track “Tarifa” in Episode Six, a track that originally appears on her 2014 album Are We There, out on Jagjaguwar. While the album version has a fuller sound with brass accompaniment, Lynch told Hurley, “No, I want it to sound like in the video…”

Twin Peaks: The Return airs every Sunday night at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Showtime.

On September 8th, Rhino will release two soundtrack collections: Twin Peaks (Music From the Limited Event Series) featuring performances from The Roadhouse and Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack) featuring the score by composer Angelo Badalamenti.

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