Where to even begin with a show like HBO’s Westworld…
There’s the nuanced storytelling, fantastical sci-fi elements, and of course gratuitous nudity, but it’s actually the series’ surprising score that merits today’s undivided attention. Composer Ramin Djawadi worked uncommon magic as he weaved classic orchestral arrangements together with some of modern alternative’s biggest tunes. Along with the show’s ominous theme and mesmeric originals, covers of Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, and Nine Inch Nails abound [fans of the show will be pleased to know nearly all of the player piano favorites are part of the collection].
Standout for me though is a track that isn’t a Djawadi exemplar; rather a twelve year old remake of Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack” from Los Angeles tribute act Vitamin String Quartet. Background for the moment Maeve starts to truly understand her artificial reality, the cut’s emotive ebbs and flows mirror the profound awakening of the character, adding to the overall dramatics of the scene. Fantastic stuff really.
But don’t take my word for it. You can stream the entire 34 cuts for yourself below: