About six months ago, 20JFG gorged itself on Twin Peaks. Its appearance (in HD!) on iTunes as good an excuse as any to try and make it through the turgid middle of the second season (before Lynch came back for the last few episodes).
Back in the early 90s, Lynch’s fucked-up soap opera somehow managed to infiltrate my parents’ viewing habits (thanks BBC2). This resulted in Badalamenti’s score arriving, at Christmas, on tape. I’m not sure which parent gave it to which but it was cherished and quickly discarded — mirroring most people’s relationship to the show. Who knows what that brief encounter with the darkness and camp and exotica did to young Master 20JFG…who knows.
But, just as we’re well into (and possible through) the generation of musicians raised on 16-bit consoles (the last stand of the chiptune), we’re now well into the generation that was exposed to Twin Peaks’ haunting score at a (very) impressionable age. Which is how we arrive at the opening to Slackk‘s Silk Robe. The cousin of Laura Palmer’s Theme (at least the dark bit) manifests itself (possibly in a wig) as the droning synth underneath a codeine slow vision of a Dancehall instrumental. Just like Badalamenti’s evocation of darkness and beauty, Silk Robe is alone. Alive, full of fire, but alone in a dangerous and empty world.
Slackk posted a track called Laura Palmer to his Soundcloud immediately after posting Silk Robe. We couldn’t possible say if there was any connection.