While Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic Twin Peaks compositions have, quite sadly, not been as prevalent as we would’ve liked on Showtime’s revived series so far (opening theme notwithstanding), there seems to be a repeated musical pattern emerging over the course of Peaks’ installments: Live bands have appeared in almost all of the episodes at the old Roadhouse in the quirky Northwestern town, mostly providing the closing credits with a dreamy, retro melodic mood à la Lynch’s original chanteuse, Julee Cruise. Vulture will be keeping a running tally of the performances every week. Put on some headphones and enjoy ’em.
Song performed: “Shadow”
With a gorgeous electronic and synth-pop sound, the band — formed in Portland, Oregon, in 2001 — is made up of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller, Nat Walker, and Johnny Jewel. Jewel is also serving as a music producer on the show.
The Cactus Blossoms
Song performed: “Mississippi”
Minneapolis brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum harmoniously channel a mixture of classic country-and-western acts of yesteryear with their folkish DNA. Yee-haw!
Au Revoir Simone
Song performed: “Lark”
Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angelo share the distinction of playing keyboards in their Brooklyn-based electronic dream-pop band.
Song performed: “Snake Eyes”
We’ll let the nepotism slide this time around for this damn groovy tune. David Lynch’s son, Riley Lynch, as well as Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungta and Dean Hurley — who’s a long-time music supervisor and collaborator of the elder Lynch — make up the R&B noir band Trouble, who made their musical debut on the show.
Sharon Van Etten
Song performed: “Tarifa”
Van Etten previously teased her “surreal” appearance on the show with us earlier this year, and her harmonious half folk, half indie melodies proved to be a perfect addition to the Roadhouse.
Nine Inch Nails
Song performed: “She’s Gone Away”
Hearing “Ladies and gentlemen, the Roadhouse is pleased to present the Nine Inch Nails” isn’t even the weirdest part of this episode, with the seminal industrial rockers, led by Lynch’s good pal Trent Reznor, bringing the house down with their seizure-inducing performance.
Au Revoir Simone
Song performed: “A Violent Yet Flammable World”
So nice, Lynch decided to feature them twice in all of their keyboard glory!
Rebekah del Rio
Song performed: “No Stars”
You might remember Rebekah del Rio’s face from her iconic cameo in Mulholland Drive, and she likewise brings down the house at the Roadhouse with a song co-written by Lynch. Nice Black Lodge–inspired dress, too.
Song performed: “Saturday”
Chromatics is now the second band to perform twice at the Roadhouse, but unlike Au Revoir Simone, they didn’t play an original song; rather, they played an instrumental cover from Johnny Jewel’s new album, Windswept.
Song performed: “Just You and I”
Whether you think James (portrayed by James Marshall) is actually “cool” is up to you. But either way, he crooned the ’50s-inspired love ballad “Just You and I” at the Roadhouse, bringing back memories of the first time he did it with Donna Hayward and Laura Palmer’s cousin, Maddy Ferguson, 25 years prior. Truly a classic camp moment!
Song performed: “Wild West”
The singer-songwriter specializes in a hybrid of gorgeously arranged rock, country, and folk music.