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Film Soundtracks - Released September 7, 1990 | Warner Records

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Angelo Badalamenti's score for David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks is a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores. Lynch's world, in which almost nothing was what it seemed to be, was so devastatingly chilling, mysteriously sinister, and fall-down funny -- so surreal -- that audiences were kept in a state of emotional upheaval that tended to either make them flee or turn them into avid followers. The sometimes overtly and sometimes subliminally creepy music Badalamenti created contributed immeasurably to the deeply unsettling textures of the series. That was largely because of his skill at creating such complexly layered music that, like the drama itself, simultaneously stirred up such a flurry of powerful, conflicting emotions. The theme song "Falling" is a perfect example of the emotional layering Badalamenti used throughout the series. Its words, and even its melody, make it seem like a traditional love ballad, but the accompaniment is so deeply menacing that anyone to whom it might actually be sung as a love song would be hard pressed to keep from jumping up and running like hell. That threatening undercurrent, created by throbbing electric guitars, synthesizers with a vibrato that's off the charts, and a weirdly, relentlessly chugging percussion, subverts whatever style of music it underlies, whether it's the cool jazz of "Audrey's Dance" or the surging romantic passion of "Laura Palmer's Theme." (The spookiest thing about "Laura Palmer's Theme" is that its soaring lyricism evolves out of, and then recedes back into, music that evokes a chillingly dark perversity, an aural analog for Lynch's twisted narrative and visual imagery.) The composer and his ensemble deliver vivid performances of this eccentric music, and Julee Cruise's vocals are hauntingly ethereal. The sound is immaculate: clean, present, and atmospheric. © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 13, 2016 | Communion Music

On their third LP, Down in Heaven, Twin Peaks hang on to their rough-and-raw disposition while drawing sonic inspiration from favorite albums of 1968, including, per press materials, works by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Beatles. Bolstered throughout the album by the addition of Wild Onion co-producer Colin Croom to the lineup on keyboards (notably organ), the era, if not a specific year, is resurrected from the moment the needle hits vinyl with the sassy, T. Rex-grooving opener "Walk to the One You Love." Parts of the record capture the more reflective tone associated with the late '60s, such as the regretful, even-tempered "Holding Roses" and the brass-embellished "Lolisa," which could almost pass for an unreleased, post-"Penny Lane" British Invasion demo. The most prevalent personality of the album, though, is that of loose and sexy, post-"Jumpin' Jack Flash"-period Stones. Tunes like "Keeping It Together" and "Cold Lips" offer Jagger-esque vocals similar enough to inspire bedroom-mirror impressions. Elsewhere, even slower tunes like "Wanted You" and "Stain" still flutter with restrained impulsiveness, filling spaces with guitar interjections, hooting backing vocals, and expressive percussion. The sparse yet jaunty acoustic-guitar tune "Heavenly Showers" staggers down a brick-laid alley rather than resting on a stoop ("And I woke up in my bed/And saw the books and the records and the booze/And I shook the thoughts of love from my head/And in the shower started singing a tune"). Meanwhile, treats like "Butterfly" and "Have You Ever" throw the '60s into Twin Peaks' distinct twist on contemporary garage punk. If on average more reflective and restrained -- though here these terms are all relative -- established fans will be glad to know that Down in Heaven still carries the torch of garage rock, and anyone who misses the free-spirited, clattering style of those influences has a generous 13 new tracks to enjoy. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2019 | Virgin Music UK LAS (P&D)

After establishing a reputation for raucous live shows in their hometown of Chicago, Twin Peaks quickly rose to broader indie prominence as word of their catchy, freewheeling garage punk spread. They captured that spirit on their studio and Grand Jury label debut, second album Wild Onion, in 2014. Two years later, and channeling a later version of the Stones, they offered the more reflective Down in Heaven. Another three years on, Twin Peaks make another course correction with fourth long-player Lookout Low. While the album still embraces a loose and lively temper, it presents a more mature context for that disposition as well as a tighter performance style developed from years of touring. Their first collaboration with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon), Lookout Low was tracked live in the studio and favors a druggy jam-band feel with diversions into '70s roots rock. While this turn may alienate some fans of the unbridled quality of their origins, others will be taken with how well they do this, too. The album returns the five-piece lineup of Down in Heaven alongside guests including Ohmme, who overdubbed backing vocals on more than half the tracks. Horn arrangements were handled by Colin Croom, who joined the group after co-producing Wild Onion. He takes the lead on "Ferry Song," a horn-reinforced, Skynyrd-esque track inspired by daily ferry commutes during a stay in New Orleans. The easygoing funk of "Dance Through It," which served as the album's lead single, is delivered by guitarist Cadien James, while bassist Jack Dolan offers "Unfamiliar Sun," a rare melancholy entry. Elsewhere, the bright, serrated tones of Clay Frankel appear on songs including "Lookout Low," the cigarette-lighter anthem "Under a Smile," and the partly improvised "Oh Mama," the best example of "old-school" Twin Peaks on the record. Strong hooks abound on a true collaborative effort that officially passes the mantle to trad rock. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2018 | Fat Possum

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2020 | Communion Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2015 | Communion Records

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Celtic - Released June 23, 2015 | SNG

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R&B - Released June 6, 2017 | Rhino

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 22, 2017 | Rhino

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 4, 2017 | Grand Jury (RED)

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Celtic - Released June 25, 2015 | SNG

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 11, 2019 | Virgin Music UK LAS (P&D)

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Rock - Released May 3, 2015 | Independent

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 15, 2020 | Communion Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2017 | Grand Jury (RED)

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2012 | Independent

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 6, 2017 | Grand Jury (RED)

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 22, 2020 | Twin Peaks Dudes LLC

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Rock - Released January 4, 2013 | Twin Peaks

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 2, 2017 | Grand Jury (RED)