I was eight when Twin Peaks captured America’s imagination. I was too young to be allowed to watch it, but I still could feel the excitement this strange phenomenon was creating. At some point, I was exposed to the title sequence. So much of what Twin Peaks is, seems to be captured by Angelo Badalamenti’s theme song “Falling” and Julee Cruise’s singing: the mystery of the place, the collision between the mystical and the real, the weird sense of displacement, and the utter camp.
Indianna Hale is a singer-songwriter based in San Francisco who released her first record in 2008. She has a new album coming out soon and she covered “Falling” for Perpetual Doom’s Stay Tuned series of TV show covers. Hale says she wasn’t a fan of the song when she first heard it, calling it “pretty boring.”
So she ups the pace considerably; there’s no chance we’re getting lulled to sleep here. Hale’s vocals are also clearer, less ethereal and more direct. There’s more going on in the arrangement, too, though the contours remain mostly the same. Though the cover doesn’t differ that much from the original, the vibe feels quite different, more romantic and direct.