In 1989, David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti wrote the Twin Peaks theme in 20 minutes on a Fender Rhodes keyboard. Lynch's only suggestion: "Just slow things down, and it becomes more beautiful."
That grim chorus of synths from Twin Peaks—slow and hanging like a fog—has become ingrained in the collective cultural consciousness as much as the red room and Laura Palmer's prom portrait. That opening motif, "Laura Palmer's Theme," became a worldwide fascination, influencing pop music and even winning a Grammy. The score today—specifically as '80s tinged synthpop has made a comeback—sounds eerily modern. Consider the Stranger Things soundtrack, which became a viral hit during the show's success last summer. That recognition was enough to catapult S U R V I V E—the Austin synth band that composed the music—to a spot on the Coachella lineup this year.
While details of the upcoming third season of Twin Peaks have been scarce, we do have some idea of what the music will be like when the show returns on May 21. The 80-year-old Badalamenti will be working on the new series, and, of course, Season Three wouldn't be complete without the quintessential theme music.
But along with that, there will be a few fitting updates to Twin Peaks's sound. Last month, Echo Park Records confirmed that Chromatics, and its multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel, would be contributing music to the upcoming soundtrack. It's an excellent choice for the show, given Chromatics and Jewel's haunting, modern synthpop. Listen to the band's song, "Cherry," which sounds like an updated, dancier version of something that should be played through all the cigarette smoke in the Bang Bang Bar.
Today, Jewel released a new solo album of music, which includes material he wrote for the upcoming season of Twin Peaks. (We've reached out to Jewel's management to learn which specific songs will be in the show, and will update if and when they confirm.) Until we find out more, listen to the album below, on which any number of tracks would be an excellent fit with Lynch's uneasy surrealism—specifically, "Saturday" has the same chord progression as the classic Twin Peaks theme. If Donna were in this new season, she'd definitely be singing it to James with tears in her eyes.