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Islands’ Nick Thorburn writes soundtrack for Serial podcast — listen

on October 17, 2014, 1:00pm

Nick Thorburn has kept a busy docket as of late, including a world tour behind Islands’ last album, Ski Mask, and the long-awaited reunion of The Unicorns. Along the way, he still found time to compose original music to soundtrack the new weekly podcast Serial.

Co-created and hosted by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig, with Ira Glass serving as editorial advisor, Serial tells one nonfiction story over the course of each season. It’s sort of like The Wire or Law and Order, but in podcast form. Season one, for example, investigates the 1999 murder of a Baltimore, Maryland high school student.

Thorburn’s original soundtrack spans 15 tracks and is available to stream in full below. It’s also for sale via Bandcamp. Serial, meanwhile, can be downloaded through its website, iTunes, and other audio platforms. A new episode arrives each Thursday.