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’.
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS
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.
AU REVOIR SIMONE
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
SHARON VAN ETTEN
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.