Nick Thorburn Writes Theme To New Amazon Series The New Yorker Presents

Nick Thorburn has carved out a nice little side career for himself as the go-to “theme song guy” for highbrow new media, as he himself puts it. The Islands, Unicorns, and Mister Heavenly frontman composed the theme music for both seasons of Sarah Koenig’s podcast sensation Serial, and now he’s written another theme for Amazon’s new series The New Yorker Presents, an extension of the magazine’s brand that features documentary segments, short films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons. The show just debuted its entire first season today, and you can check it out here — Thorburn’s theme showcases his trademark off-kilter pop sensibility with a bright mixture of piano, violin, and buzzing electronics, and it reminds me a bit of DeVotchKa’s theme for Little Miss Sunshine. (Remember DeVotchKa?)

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