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Johnny Jewel unfurls a breathtaking hour of ‘Themes For Television’, including his ‘Windswept’ piece from ’Twin Peaks: The Return’, as well as alternate versions of the Chromatics songs performed in the series’ Roadhouse scenes and other unreleased cuts.
No hype: Themes For Television may well be Jewel’s finest moment in a catalogue already studded with gems. As is now well known, Jewel created some 20 hours of music for Twin Peaks: The Return, but only a small fraction of that amount made it to the final cut. The best of those, and some of the “employed” parts, are now collected to make up this superb suite of themes, each blessed with Jewel’s rarely paralleled knack for creating haunting situations that stay with the listener long after the music has stopped.
The spirit of Lynch and Badalamenti’s classic soundtracks perhaps unavoidably loom large over all 21 pieces, beautifully rendering a sort of twilight uncertainty and mystery native to Lynch’s imagery on one level, but also scoping the last 40 years of TV and Hollywood soundtrack history in the broadest sense; weaving electronic experimentation hinting at sci-fi and thrillers, with a command of melodic hooks and haunting harmony that could feasibly colour and accentuate the most palpable or pulpy scenes of romance or heroism in any number of ways.
We highly recommend copping this album and drawing up your own script to fit its fleeting play of emotive signposts, and maybe post the results to YouTube, then wait for the producers to come knocking.