Retro Promenade’s third Twin Peaks tribute album sees the light of day
Earlier in the year Texan label Retro Promenade released the Twin Peaks score covered in a synth pop style. Against all logic is worked perfectly. Two weeks ago they released a second volume. This time any track in the Twin Peaks canon was free game, either for a remix of cover. The results were interesting, but they never hit the highs of original. Now, the Next Peak: Volume III is released. This time the brief is slightly different.
This time, instead of covering or remixing, the tracks have taken inspiration from the series. Some of the inspirations are abstract; others have built tracks around vocal samples. But that all have that ‘Twin Peaks’ feel. The strongest tracks on the album are the ones with one foot in Twin Peaks itself. While there is nothing technically wrong with the other tracks, they are just synth pop tracks with a slight dark and menacing feel.
The stand out track on the album is Paine Nihil’s BOB. Of all the tracks this works to the brief the best. It contains vocal samples from the series, but in just over four minutes it conveys everything about BOB that you need to know. The music itself is has motifs from the series in it, piano and basslines, but there is an eerie background noise, it has a paulstretch sound to it. This is what drags you in. It echoes the primalness that BOB has in the series. At times it’s unsettling, but you can’t stop listening.
Through these three compilation albums I have re-found my love for the music from Twin Peaks and for that I’m grateful. These compilations are must have albums for any fan of the original series and Angelo Badalamenti’s score. While the first is the strongest, there is plenty to engage with on the other two, and through repeat listens these tracks really stick in your head and get under your skin. To quote Dale Cooper “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.” Why not make this your present today?