Over just 90 seconds, the theme song to season two of hit TV show the White Lotus manages to cram in a chaotic list of sounds: a beatific harp intro, haunting strains of opera, a chorus of yodels – and that famous EDM breakdown.
And now, it has become a dancefloor staple.
For weeks, users on social media have been sharing footage of the Emmy award-winning show’s theme song playing in festivals and clubs, often to ecstatic effect.
The anthology series – about the super-rich doing super-bad things in idyllic locations – wrapped up its second season, set in Sicily, this week. Days before its finale, the track played at Meredith music festival in Victoria, Australia to a packed afternoon audience, many of whom sang along – or tried to – with its lilting notes.
A large effigy of Jennifer Coolidge, who stars in the series, was also spotted in the throng later that night.
“It was such a joyous moment,” says Paul Kearney, who was in the crowd when the theme song played. “There was a collective lighting up of the eyes from pleasant surprise, and the energy was palpable.
“Streams of people came rushing down to join in once they heard it … [we] danced with our hands in the air.”
The almost entirely instrumental track also blasted from the stage at the Killers’ Melbourne show this week as the band entered.
Concert-goer Callum Twomey says the choice was a surprise. “I had gone to their concert the night before and it had been a more standard walk-on. But when The White Lotus came blaring through it was quite funny. The crowd was into it.
“Maybe [creator] Mike White can repay the compliment and have some Mr Brightside playing through the hotel lobby in season three?”
American rapper Dominic Fike also closed one of his New York sets earlier this month with the distinctively ominous melody.
And the track has, of course, become ubiquitous at parties and clubs – including an inspired lip-sync by Brisbane drag queen Henny Spaghetti.
Titled Renaissance (Main Title Theme), the song was composed by Chilean-Canadian artist Cristobal Tapia de Veer, who also wrote the first season’s theme.
“It’s really unexpected,” he told Buzzfeed recently about the theme’s viral success. “Unlike producing the stuff for a band or my own record, this is never the intent for a show. It’s always about serving the show and not thinking really about a stand-alone hit or single or anything like that. So it’s kind of the cherry on top.”
He did, however, understand the song’s dancefloor potential. “It feels like it’s club-friendly already,” he said. “It feels like a party and just an all-out celebration.”
The White Lotus has been renewed for a third season, though its resort setting is yet to be revealed.