A brief guide to the best mu­sic in Twin Peaks: The Re­turn

We’re 13 episodes in, and mu­sic-lov­ing di­rec­tor David Lynch has in­vited all of the fol­low­ing to get on stage and play the hits at the Bang Bang Bar



These mys­te­ri­ous in­die-rock­ers from Port­land couldn’t be more suited to the weird­est show on TV. Their 2015 sin­gle ‘Shadow’ is all synths and floaty vo­cals, per­fect for the sur­re­al­ism of the se­ries opener. In episode 12 they played ‘Satur­day’ from band­mem­ber Johnny Jewel’s new al­bum ‘Windswept’.


If all you want on a Satur­day night is a few bour­bons and some ol’ fash­ioned US en­ter­tain­ment, The Cac­tus Blos­soms are for you. The clas­sic folk-amer­i­cana of the Minneapolis band’s tune ‘Mis­sis­sippi’ will trans­port you to a smoky Jack­son bar circa 1957.

It’s smooth. Al­most as smooth as the sin­gle malt whiskey you’re sup­pin’ on.


The Brook­lyn trio and David Lynch have his­tory. They met at a book­shop event more than a decade ago, and the Twin Peaks cre­ator remixed their track ‘Just Like A Tree’ back in 2014. In episode four of the show, the wavy syn­th­pop of ‘Lark’ adds to the Bang Bang Bar’s liquor-soaked ro­mance with its in­tense rhythms and omi­nous or­gan drone. In episode nine, mean­while, they per­form the eu­phoric ‘A Vi­o­lent Yet Flammable World’. The per­for­mance was pre­ceded by the un­veil­ing of a brand-new char­ac­ter, Ella, who is played by none other than in­die-pop hero Sky Fer­reira. Kyle Ma­clach­lan as Agent

Dale Cooper


A long-stand­ing friend of Lynch, Van Etten trod the boards at Bang Bang Bar as nat­u­rally as orig­i­nal singer-in-res­i­dence Julee Cruise did in the ’90s. Un­for­tu­nately, her bliss­ful turn prob­a­bly means she won’t now ap­pear as a fully-fledged cast mem­ber fur­ther down the line.


Bet you didn’t see this one com­ing. Lynch’s lat­est mu­si­cal muse is Glaswe­gian elec­trowiz­ard Hud­son Mohawke, who popped up in the Bang Bang Bar to de­but his pre­vi­ously un­re­leased song ‘Hu­man’ in episode nine, as new re­cruit Sky Fer­reira sipped a beer in a nearby booth.

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