Fans of the Amazon series Transparent know that music is an indispensable element of the story. The Pfefferman family often seems to rise and fall on the fluttering moods of the score, with songs by Bob Dylan, Little Dragon, Neil Young, Perfume Genius, Leonard Cohen and dozens more providing accompaniment to the travails of this California clan. And that’s just the soundtrack. Music is infused in the lives of several characters: Josh Pfefferman (played by Jay Duplass) makes his living as a music producer, and Shelly Pfefferman (Judith Light) launched her one-woman revue, “To Shell and Back,” at the close of Season 3 last year.
Now, with Season 4 set to premiere Friday on Prime Video, Transparent creator Jill Soloway has created the “Pfefferman Pfamily Pflaylist,” an exclusive Amazon Music playlist, and Paste has it first.
Working with the show’s music supervisor, Bruce Gilbert, Soloway chose songs that she considers meaningful to the Pfefferman family journey heading into Season 4. The playlist includes songs by Neil Young, the Cave Singers, Nina Simone, as well as tracks fans of the series would recognize as performed by main characters on the show, like “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye and “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morrisette. Starting Friday, the “Pfefferman Pfamily Pflaylist” will be available to stream only on Amazon Music Unlimited.
“The music of Transparent has been as transformative as the show itself,” Soloway said. “Bruce and I pulled our very favorites into this playlist as a way to share the family’s history of soul-searching, dancing, romancing and yearning for the answers to the big questions. What a dream to create a musical universe where Bob Dylan and Neil Young dance with Laura Mvula, Valerie June and Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Listen to the “Pfefferman Pfamily Pflaylist” via the player below. You can also watch this recent Paste Studio session with Transparent writer Faith Soloway (Jill’s sister), who performed songs from her tentative Transparent musical stage production.
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