Movie Soundtrack

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – “Affluenza”

By Will Oliver, April 2nd 2019

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, half of Austin band S U R V I V E, have combined their powers to score Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut Native Son, which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Milan Records is set to release the score on April 5th and today we share the mesmerizing feature track “Affluenza,” which creates some magnetic and lush soundscapes that fully engulf you into the mood and texture of the film, even without seeing a single frame. Certainly a sign of a job well done.

Native Son will be released by HBO Films and A24 on April 5th, with a debut on HBO that day.

Enjoy a listen to “Affluenza” below.
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Disasterpeace – “Dependable As Moonshine”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Film composer Richard Vreeland, better known as Disasterpeace recently scored the film for director David Robert Mitchell’s Under The Silver Lake, which will be released next month via A24. We previously shared a piece entitled “The Curse of Edendale” and today we hit back with another new one “Dependable As Moonshine.”

The dark and haunting orchestra track takes you on quite a journey, changing moods and putting some wild imagery in your head with some dark jazz-inspired inspiration that definitely leaves an impression.

Enjoy a stream of “Dependable As Moonshine” below.
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English indie outfit Tindersticks took on the task of creating the score of Claire Denis’ new film High Life, starring Robert Pattinson. This includes a brand new song entitled “Willow” that features Pattison himself, a song that can be found on the film’s soundtrack when it’s released on April 5th via Milan Records, also the same date the film opens in limited release in both New York and Los Angeles via A24.

The haunting new track is a beautiful hypnotic listen, one that definitely captures the ethereal mood of the film, one that is a pretty wild journey, if we do say so ourselves (we caught it last October at the New York Film Festival). It also proves that Pattinson really can do it all.

Enjoy a listen to “Willow” below.
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the latest Coen Brothers film, which is available to watch now on Netflix. The film is a six-part Western anthology film about the American frontier.

One of the best parts of the film is the first segment “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” where the film got its title from. In it, Tim Blake Nelson stars as a singing cowboy with a wicked quick draw. One of the songs is “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” a song that was written by the always great songwriting duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and performed by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson in the film.

It’s a great song on its own right but certainly a perfect fit for the scene that it’s used for in the film.

Enjoy a stream of the song below and you can find the soundtrack available to purchase at Milan Records.

While We're Young

James Murphy has a good relationship with director Noah Baumbach. Murphy scored Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg, and collaborated with him again for his latest film, the soon to be released While We’re Young (which I caught at New York Film Fest last year and reviewed for Monday Morning Matinee).

A lovely piece from the score called “We Used To Dance” has been released and shared via Indiewire. It perfectly captures the mood of the film (about middleage and finding youth in your adulthood) you and is just as lovely as a standalone piece of its own.

Stream “We Used To Dance” below, as well as “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home,” another song from the soundtrack that was previously released. Be sure to check out While We’re Young when it’s released in theaters on March 27. The soundtrack is released on March 24 via Milan Records.

Here’s “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home”:

Contest: Win A ‘God Help The Girl’ Prize Pack From Belle and Sebastian

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2014 — with 15 comments

God Help The Girl

God Help The Girl is a new feature film that was both written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. It will be released in theaters and on demand in a few days, starting on September 5.

Good news for you, as we have special bundle prize packs from the film to give away to two lucky winners. The pack includes the soundtrack on limited vinyl (limited to 500 copies) as well as a digital download and copy of the film through vimeo. They have also thrown in some buttons and bags to make the giveaway that much cooler.

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. 

To enter, simply leave a comment below with your favorite Belle & Sebastian song and album (both!). I’ll pick a winner and notify them as soon as possible. Make sure you sign up with disqus using a email that works (and that you actually check). I’ll be using that to contact you if you’re the chosen winner.

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. 

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Damon Albarn – Sister Rust

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2014

Lucy Soundtrack

Damon Albarn has had a very productive 2014, releasing a fantastic new album, and delivering a memorable tour. In between all that, he found time to record a song called “Sister Rust” that he wrote for the new Luc Besson film Lucy, which stars Scarlett Johansson.

While I didn’t enjoy Lucy, “Sister Rust” is a stunner. It’s got that signature Albarn touch that just leaves you feeling all kinds of warm inside.

Stream it below.
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Bon Iver – Heavenly Father

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

Bon Iver

Although Bon Iver are taking a break from performing, they have released a new song called “Heavenly Father” that appears on the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here. The film was released today, but the song itself has been out for a little bit.

Any new music from Bon Iver is always a treat, and “Heavenly Father” is no different. It’s a magic journey that features all the emotional qualities that you’ve come to expect from the wizard that is Justin Vernon.

Stream “Heavenly Father” below.
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Wish I Was Here Poster

The Shins and Zach Braff go way back. His use of “New Slang” and “Caring Is Creepy” in his directorial debut Garden State helped launch their popularity, changing their career forever (or really James Mercer nowadays).

So it’s no surprise that they’ve reunited again for Wish I Was Here, Braff’s new film (and first since Garden State).

The film’s latest trailer features a brand new song from The Shins. It’s presumably set to appear on the film’s soundtrack, and it sound amazing from what we can tell.

You can check out the trailer right now over at Monday Morning Matinee.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

When animated film How to Train Your Dragon came out back in 2010, I took my little brother to it expecting absolutely nothing. I left the theater totally blown away. It’s now one of my favorite animated films, and I can’t wait to see the sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 later this summer. (Watch the trailer over at Monday Morning Matinee)

The soundtrack of the original film featured a song called “Sticks and Stones” from Jónsim frontman of Sigur Rós. Jónsi has once again contributed a song for the series, this time offering a song called “Where No One Goes.” Just one listen to the sweeping anthem will make you see how perfect of a fit it is for the soundtrack. Lovely strings and a pounding drum summon up all kinds of grandiose feelings of emotion.

Enjoy “Where No One Goes” below. The soundtrack will be released on June 10 via Relativity
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