Varèse Sarabande will release The Affair – Original Television Soundtrack digitally on October 16 and on CD October 23, 2015. The album features original music from season one of the acclaimed series by composer Marcelo Zarvos.
"The idea with The Affair was to always score the non-obvious," said Zarvos. "This is a very internal show and the music reflects the inner life of the characters always. The external becomes more or less irrelevant and we are always zeroing in the characters' emotions."
"Because of the show's format with each half dedicated to Noah/Alison point of view it was important to keep the themes more separated at least at first," Zarvos described. "As the story progressed and the lives became more entangled the themes themselves started to cross over, but in general there was a very distinct sensibility and sound for Alison and Noah."
"Alison's music tended to be more ethereal and sad because of the grief her character is experiencing with the lost of her child," said Zarvos. "I'd say the most emblematic pieces for her were Gabriel's theme, which we first hear in the beginning of her story when she is sitting down in the shower in a fetal position. For Noah I'd say the wandering music from the pilot was one of the key themes. Also on the second episode there is a chordal piano theme that plays under his voice over about love and life which became a signature Noah harmonic progression."
Season 2 of The Affair is currently airing Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime.