HBO’s hit mini-series Big Little Lies provided one of the best TV soundtracks so far this year. The music supervisor, Sue Jacobs, introduced the audience to new favorites like Michael Kiwanuka’s “Cold Little Heart” (the song over the opening credits) and classics, such as Irma Thomas’ “Straight from the Heart.” Here are a couple of other TV soundtracks you need to check out when your Spotify playlists are in need of an update. (Also, great options if you are just looking for your next binge-watch.)
The FX drama, which follows two KGB spies posing as ordinary Americans in the suburbs of Washington, DC during the 1980s, showcases some of the best music from the time period. Music Supervisor P.J. Bloom includes a lot of hidden gems from the era creating one of the most unique and top TV soundtracks on right now.
Aziz Ansari’s highly-acclaimed comedy Master of None dropped its second season this past weekend on Netflix. In addition to watching for the laughs and mouth-watering shots of Italian food, make sure to pay attention to the music (it’s hard not to) from supervisor Zach Cowie. The soundtrack features greats like David Bowie and Tupac Shakur, as well as a cameo of John Legend covering Michael Jackson.
In The Leftovers, 140 million people disappear off the face of the earth with no explanation, a cataclysm called the “Sudden Departure.” Some of the most powerful and defining music of the series comes from composer Max Richter (ideal for when you’re feeling down). Other moments in the show are elevated with clever song choices by Music Supervisor Liza Richardson, such as the Pixies “Where Is My Mind?” in addition to new releases from artists like Hozier.
Written by Jill Barkman
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