Johnny Jewel celebrates one-year anniversary of Twin Peaks: The Return with new album Themes For Television (Is it future, or is it past? Etc.)

Johnny Jewel celebrates one-year anniversary of Twin Peaks: The Return with new album Themes For Television (Is it future, or is it past? Etc.)
David Lynch and Johnny Jewel face-off in the Coolest Hair Contest (Photo: Rene & Radka)

I have a confession to make: up until about a minute ago, I was seriously feeling SO SICK AND TIRED of making Twin Peaks jokes on TMT. I mean: it’s been a solid year since the damn show came soaring back into our lives like a spooky-ass screech owl swooping down from a Glastonbury Grove sycamore tree, and I basically haven’t been able to keep my damn mouth shut about it since. Frankly, I was running out of steam faster than a closed-down lumber mill. :-(

BUT then! Like a mysterious note in the mail from a demented Windom Earl, I get the word that Johnny Jewel — the man responsible for the show’s ubiquitous “Windswept” theme, as well as some of the more memorable Roadhouse jams with Chromatics (who, by the way, are releasing a new album later this year) — has just surprised and delighted Twin Peaks fans around the world by dropping a new album full of Twin Peaks music from the cutting room floor!

The album, titled Themes For Television and OUT RIGHT NOW via Italians Do It Better, consists of 21 tracks culled from the “monumental six hours of material” that Jewel reportedly obsessively cranked-out for the show, which were then handily sequenced and edited down into a “nearly hour-long foray into the blurry hours of night” (proving once and for all that there’s ALWAYS music in the air).

“The project began as a sonic exploration of the sounds I was hearing in my nightmares,” he explains. “I wanted to find my way out of the maze by focusing on beauty over fear — like the way the fractured sunrise looks in a dream.”

Dreams, nightmares, which-EVER they are: LET US AT ‘EM, right? Stream the entire thing on on Spotify (if that’s a thing for you), hit up Italians Do It Better to purchase your copy, and check out the video for album track “Red Door” down below, followed by the cover art and full tracklisting. Don’t make me close this article by article by saying “it is happening again!” I swear, I’ll do it!



Themes for Television tracklisting:

01. Requiem
02. Windswept (Minimal)
03. Loveless
04. Saturday (Evening)
05. Red Curtains
06. Deja Vu
07. Lipstick
08. Tomorrow Is Yesterday
09. Shadow (Opening Titles)
10. Self Portrait
11. Black Room
12. Spiral Staircase
13. Embers
14. Sleepless
15. Nightmare
16. Red Door
17. Waking Up
18. Caffeine
19. Purgatory
20. Breathless
21. Infinity Room

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