Movie Soundtrack

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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Lykke Li – No One Ever Loved

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2014

Lykke Li

Lykke Li has been busy with the release of her new album I Never Learn, but she also has been offering her musical talents in other ways.

She’s offered up a lovely track called “No One Ever Loved” to the upcoming film The Fault In Our Stars, which is set to cause many tears when it hits theaters on June 6. You can catch a trailer for the film over at MMM. (not her only contribution to a film soundtrack this year)

“No One Ever Loved” hits all the right notes, certainly well built for a film that’s bound to open up the water works emotionally. Take a listen to it below.
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Devonté Hynes – Palo Alto

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2014

Palo Alto

I’m bummed out I didn’t get to see Palo Alto at the Tribeca Film Fest last weekend, but it will get a release in early May. The film was scored by Devonté Hynes, who you may know as Blood Orange. He also made a song for the film’s soundtrack, a song also titled “Palo Alto.”

He did everything on the track (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Wurlitzer, Bass, Drums) aside from the back-up vocals which come from his girlfriend Samantha Urbani (of Friends).

“Palo Alto” is a lush and gorgeous track, something that would have been home on soundtracks of its fair share of 80s flicks.

Listen below.
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[new]: Lykke Li – Du är den ende

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

Lykke Li Du ar den ende

Lykke Li releases her new album I Never Learn on May 5. We recently heard our first cut from the album, a track called “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone.”

She’s since followed that up with a new track called “Du är den ende” (which translates to “You Are the Only”), only it is not from the album. It’s actually a track she recording for a Swedish film called Tommy. She sings in Swedish, and it’s a lovely contribution. Very dreamy but also haunting.

Find it posted below.
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