On May 19th, Varèse Sarabande will release two albums of music from Temple Street Production's hit series ORPHAN BLACK, the original soundtrack featuring songs by Tears For Fears, Meredith Brooks and the “Theme From Orphan Black” by Two Fingers, as well as the original score album composed by Trevor Yuile (BEING ERICA, BILLABLE HOURS). In addition, 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. The Varèse Sarabande deal was brokered by Striker Entertainment on behalf of Temple Street Productions.
“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, who also uses playlists to find the particular grooves of her clones.”
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is a streetwise outsider, currently on the run from a bad relationship and painfully separated from her own daughter. When an eerily lookalike stranger commits a shocking suicide right in front of her, Sarah sees a potential solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman’s identity and clearing out her bank account. But instead, she stumbles headlong into a kaleidoscopic thriller mystery, and soon uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. As Sarah searches for answers, she soon learns there are more like her out there, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances. And someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
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.
A few of Yuile’s TV credits include 2 seasons of King (Showcase), four seasons of Being Erica (CBC, BBC, ABC Soapnet, in 27 countries) as well as three seasons of Billable Hours (Showcase). As a songwriter for Universal EMI/BMI and Maple Records, Trevor has had songs featured Grey’s Anatomy, and The Ghost Whisperer. He also has writing credits for Disney Canada's Harriet the Spy, and CBC's How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria. His sound is often characterized by innovative pairings of instruments, and beautiful melody lines. He boldly integrates differing styles and genres of music to achieve exciting new results and has arranged for practically every kind of ensemble, real or virtual.
“The original concept was to attempt to do an electronica type of score using mainly organic instruments. Either sampled or resampled, but to try and keep the original signal purely organic. From there, effecting or processing the samples as we needed,” Yuile explained. “It has come quite far from that original idea. But the thought was to allow it to become anything over time, like it was having its own sense of evolution.”
Season Three of ORPHAN BLACK is currently airing on BBC America and SPACE in Canada (Saturdays 9/8C). The ORPHAN BLACK – Original Television Soundtrack and ORPHAN BLACK – Original Television Score, both on Varèse Sarabande, will be available digitally and on CD on May 19, 2015.