Noveller AKA: Sarah Lipstate has shared a cover of Angelo Badalamenti’s theme song for Twin Peaks. Released exclusively for Bandcamp Friday. Twin Peaks Theme is backed with a Red Room remix, and is available immediately for download and a limited vinyl release.
Continuing their string of video collaborations, Sarah Lipstate draws the somber notes out in front of director George Griffith’s camera. Griffith, is definitely known to Twin Peaks fans, as the actor/director memorably portrayed the devilish right hand man Ray Monroe in Twin Peaks: The Return. The pair traveled to Washington, visiting landmarks from the show and filming in the recreated Black Lodge of superfan Jason Mattson. Mattson sourced and built everything for the room on his own, and did so with such perfection that the Showtime production actually used his chair for filming. Lipstate settles into the exact same spot that Kyle MacLachlan couldn’t seem to leave as Agent Dale Cooper.
The video, with a surprise ending, is a clear love letter to the program, yet Lipstate’s magnetic presence takes center stage. Her instrumental version, working from the guitar arrangement by Arrigo Martelli, finds emotional depth and a tentative apprehension that even the original could only hint at.
It has been a busy year for Sarah. Contributing to the score for the Anthony Bourdain documentary “Roadrunner”, as well as being featured in Mark Ronson’s “Watch The Sound” series for Apple TV, and “The Pedal Movie” documentary, along with soundtracking ads and short films, including a series from Jim Jarmusch for Yves St Laurent, starring Julianne Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloe Sevigny and Indya Moore, as well as releasing the album Aphantasia last month.
Creating what Iggy Pop described to Jim Jarmusch as “symphonies for people that don’t have a lot of time,” Sarah Lipstate has emerged as an innovative and defining voice in the world of music under the name Noveller. Wielding a guitar as her main instrument, Lipstate has pioneered a transcendent approach to composition through her mastery and integration of effects pedals and technology. Forming unexpected sonic routes, her songs are vivid and cinematic, telling intricate tales with each tone and swell.
Lipstate has been sought out as a frequent collaborator, recently writing songs with Iggy Pop and performing as a member of his band on his worldwide tour. Past partners in crime have ranged from JG Thirlwell to Lee Ranaldo and she has performed as part of Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, Nick Zinner’s “41 Strings”, Ben Frost’s “Music for 6 Guitars”, and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble. She has also toured in support of big fans in St. Vincent, Wire, U.S. Girls, The Jesus Lizard and Helium.