Diane? We just came across the most peculiar holiday album centered around the most peculiar of concepts: classic songs recreated in the style of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks score. And by gosh, it's a damn good set of tunes. Who knew the holidays at the Black Lodge could be so eerily comforting?
Los Angeles-based composer Jherek Bischoff nailed it with these six songs, grouped together under a rather perfect title, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk with Me. (That's a pairing of the classic Christmas tune with David Lynch's polarizing 1992 movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.) From the ominous atmosphere to the single guitar note progression, Bischoff's interpretation of Badalamenti's iconic work reads like a true student of all things Lynchian. (The TP theme music, he says, runs through his veins.)
"So much Christmas music is very chipper, so I thought it could be a nice relief from all of that," Bischoff tells us. It's warm but distant, off-putting but comforting. The four main things Bischoff set out to use—deep synth, sleigh bells, tenor saxophone and bass playing the melodies—all shine here. Take away the hypnotizing bed of strings that ebb and flow beneath the major melodies and Bischoff would have a very chill take on mellow jazz holiday classics. Instead, it's a creepy, wonderful, and completely enveloping listening experience—and an excellent alignment with one of the best things to happen in 2017: Twin Peaks: The Return.
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