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Listen: The Music From 'Westworld' Is Finally Here

James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in the HBO series <em>Westworld.</em>
James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood in the HBO series <em>Westworld.</em>

HBO's new Westworld series is only five episodes deep, but the sci-fi western has already established itself as a reliable source for musical easter eggs. Nearly every episode has featured a player piano in the background clinking out versions of popular rock songs. The slightly out-of-tune instrumentals end up sounding like something Scott Joplin might have played.

Fans who've longed to hear full versions of what have only been tiny snippets in the show can now stream (or buy) an EP with highlights from the Westworld score. It includes the first cover song featured on the program, Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," along with solo piano versions of Radiohead's "No Surprises" and The Cure's "A Forest." The EP also includes an orchestrated instrumental of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black" and composer Ramin Djawadi's main Westworld theme. (Djawadi is the man responsible for Game Of Throne's epic theme.) Listen below with Spotify or Apple Music.

Expect more Radiohead piano covers in the five remaining episodes of Westworld's debut season. As Djawadi tells Vulture, show runner and co-creator Jonathan Nolan is a big fan.

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