VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS is releasing the a score and soundtrack for the BBC’s original television series, Orphan Black.on May 19th. Also, a 1,000-unit picture disc of the soundtrack album will be exclusively available at Hot Topic on July 24, 2015. A regular vinyl release of the soundtrack album is planned for a late summer release.
“Throughout the creation of the show, music has helped us paint each clone into a distinct, layered world,” described show co-creator and executive producer Graeme Manson. “I always write with music playing, and procrastinate by keeping extensive character playlists. These were shared with Tatiana [Maslany], who also uses playlists to find the particular grooves of her clones.”Manson continued, “Of our British Invasion characters, Sarah and Mrs. S provided two generations of punk aesthetic, while Felix brought heavy eyeliner and a New Romanic flavour. Cosima’s dubsteppy electronica grew organically from an imagined ravey West Coast past.”
“By working with our licensing partner Striker Entertainment, we’ve been able to explore creative and unique ways to reach our fans and extend the Orphan Black brand beyond the small screen,” commented, John Young, Managing Director of Temple Street Productions. “We’re excited to team up with Varèse Sarabande on this incredible new venture.”
The soundtrack album includes songs like Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch”, famously lip-synched to by soccer-mom Alison who is generally represented by 90s pop, Daniel Romano’s “When I Was Abroad”, which plays when Helena breaks someone’s finger in the bar, Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” played when Felix prepares for his date with the morgue-worker, and of course the “Theme From Orphan Black” by Two Fingers.
The second album features composer Trevor Yuile’s Canadian Screen Award-winning original score. “I started with Sarah in the early episodes, everything was derived from her original palette,” Yuile described. “If you listen closely, not only do the clones have their own themes and palettes, but I often borrow from one and bring it to another (depending on the scene) but they are all related, there’s a little Sarah in Helena, a little Helena in Alison, an so on.”Composer/arranger/song-writer Trevor Yuile practically thinks in music. For him, music provides the emotional glue that connects the inner world of each character with the audience. Thus, a great music soundtrack is all about communicating the heart of the story in as efficient, but artful way as possible.