There’s probably no better partner to be making television with than HBO, but there are a few drawbacks. The network’s big new science fiction show Westworld learned that the hard way as it came under a lot of pressure to be the channel’s ‘next Game of Thrones.’ Anxious rumors of problems and filming delays dogged it right up to its premiere, but five episodes in and we’re happy to say the show has turned out to be another hit.
Will it be the next Game of Thrones? Let’s not jump the gun on that determination. But one of the things that makes the show so great is the music, which happens to be scored by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi. His iconic Game of Thrones theme is instantly recognizable, but for the Westworld soundtrack he took a backseat to other classic songs of yesteryear. HBO has just released a five track sampling of music from the series and it includes the show’s theme alongside Djawadi’s take on “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden, “No Surprises” by Radiohead, “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones, and “A Forest” by The Cure.
Westworld takes place in a futuristic amusement park designed to look and feel like the Old West, and Ramin Djawadi’s covers give each familiar song a new old spin ranging from saloon to symphonic. You can listen to the tracks below, or get them through all your favorite streaming services. So far there have been five episodes of the show, and five songs included on the soundtrack. Here’s hoping we get another five songs once the final five episodes of the season air.