Epic sci-fi western Westworld has made a name for itself over the past few weeks for including contemporary music in its artificially archaic setting. The HBO series, available to UK viewers on Sky Atlantic, is based on a 1973 film of the same name and centres on a futuristic holiday park where people can interact with lifelike robots and experience pre-written storylines during their trip. Then the robots start to go awry. The Westworld soundtrack features old-timey versions of contemporary tunes like Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’, The Cure’s ‘A Forest’, Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ and even The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ – by turning it into the kind of stuff you might expect to hear in a saloon, with honky-tonk piano being the prime suspect.
Now listeners can get access to these tracks whenever they want, in a new EP released by Westworld’s resident music guy Ramin Djawadi (the very same who looks after Game of Thrones’ music). Entitled ‘Westworld Season 1 (Selections from the HBO® Series)’, the five-track compilation also includes the show’s main titles. Take a listen here and, if you haven’t heard Djawadi’s retrofitting on the show already, let us know what you think of his handiwork in the comments below.