Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Twin Peaks OST Release Party

Last night Peaks Freaks around the world gathered at their local record shops to celebrate the release of the new Twin Peaks original score vinyl re-issue by Death Waltz Recording Company. For me that meant travelling from work to Sister Ray Ace in Shoreditch, East London. It was a great little gathering with free cherry pie and coffee and the ethereal Angelo Badalamenti tunes playing on repeat.

Sister Ray Ace is a fantastic little shop with an awesome selection of records. After a terrible journey on the underground to get there, the friendly staff greeted us warmly and as soon as we arrived we were scoffing delicious, warm cherry pie. I dragged my lovely friend Gemma with me (she isn't entirely familiar with Twin Peaks but I'm working on it. And who says no to free pie?) and also met a charming man called Jon from the Twin Peaks Twittersphere. It was a great opportunity to talk about the latest Twin Peaks rumours, gossip and share our opinions on favourite characters as well as predictions for the new season.

Annoyingly we arrived late and missed the cherry stalk tongue tying competition. Apparently a woman successfully mastered the Audrey Horne party trick almost instantly! Clearly lacking Miss Horne's seduction, this is something I have never managed to accomplish myself...

After making my record purchase (£29.99) we left and popped across the road to a street food court called Block where we cooled down in the muggy September heat with a Peroni and gorged on delicious stone baked pizza.

It was such a treat unwrapping the vinyl. The designers, Mondo, have done an outstanding job with the artwork (approved by Mr Lynch himself). It's a very special item for a Twin Peaks collection and I can't wait to see what they do for the Fire Walk With Me release (apparently coming later this year). The vinyl itself is supposed to be the colour of coffee but I think it looks more like mahogany wood... which would also be somewhat appropriate was it the intention. I held it very close to the light and could just about read a secret message inscribed running in a circular loop in the middle: "I have no idea where this will lead us but I have a feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange."

It was a damn fine evening and I urge you to go out and purchase this beautifully crafted vinyl. Having just inherited my dad's record player this is the first record I have ever purchased myself and it couldn't be more perfect. On my way home from the listening party I spotted these enormous chevron patterns on a wall across the street. Is it just me or do you also see Twin Peaks symbolism absolutely everywhere? Spooky...

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