Sondre Lerche Composes Score For 'The Sleepwalker'

Sondre LerchePop maestro Sondre Lerche might be best known for songs that reflect a deep love of classics from Chet Baker and Burt Bacharach to Elvis Costello, but his latest project took him out of that mold and into a more ambient, texture and mood-based mindset. Lerche has composed the score for the much-anticipated film The Sleepwalker, directed by Mona Fastvold, which will be in consideration for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where Lerche will also perform.

Much of the score, composed with Kato í…dland, is instrumental, and when Lerche’s voice does appear, it is effected and receding, unlike his previous body of work, where the voice is the primary focus.

“The biggest most freeing difference was composing music that wasn’t for me to perform as an artist, or god forbid, singer/songwriter, if you will,” he says. “This was also the first time I composed music with someone else. We wrote most of it together in the studio, improvising and manipulating sounds and ideas to raw footage and dailies sent to us as they were shooting the film.”

Listen to “Palindromes” now:

The soundtrack will be released on January 14th, and is available for pre-order now on Lerche’s website.

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Featured Artist: Adrian Bourgeois

One of the greatest things about music is its ability to both enhance and directly impact your mood. With the right mixtape, you can go through a whirlwind of emotions in just a few short moments.  But what about when you’re looking for that same fluency with only one artist? Well, Adrian Bourgeois has you covered.

From the mellowest of tracks, to ambitious tambourine-enhanced duets, Bourgeois’ pallet is a wide array of offerings for even the trickiest of soundtracks. Between poignant mini-ballads to humble simplicities, you can be sure Bourgeois is a name to watch in 2013.

Check out Shot In The Dark below.

 

5 Best Movie Soundtracks of 2012

2012 has been a fantastic year for movies, but it may have been an even better year for movie soundtracks. From action and horror, to comedies and dramadies, the world of film was made more enthralling in 2012 than any year in recent memory thanks to music, and today we’re highlighting our five favorite releases. I would suggest you see every film mentioned on this list in order to fully appreciate the accompanying music, but perhaps one of the greatest features of each of these releases is how well they play outside the context of cinema. So whether you’re a cinephile or you refuse to pay ridiculous cinema prices, there is something here for everyone. Click through the “Read more” link and enjoy. (more…)

Album Review: How To Destroy Angels – "An Omen" EP

It’s nice to see that Trent Reznor has found a soul mate who is just as weird as he is. His new project, How To Destroy Angels, is comprised of him, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and Nine Inch Nails contributors Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan. The result on their second EP, An Omen (styalized on their website as An omen_ EP by How to destroy angels_) sounds more or less like a collection of creepy, experimental, minimalist, girl-fronted versions of  NIN album interludes. That being said, it’s a fairly interesting and enjoyable listen.

The first track, “Keep it together,” is the most NIN-esque song on the album, with sparse electronic robot percussion and a two-note reverbed guitar line that repeats while dissonant synths wash over the whole track. The only difference is where you would expect to hear Reznor’s voice, you hear Maandig singing in a quiet cryptic way. But of course, before long, Reznor comes in with backup vocals and the two of them create harmonizing polyrhythmic layers repeating “I can’t keep it together” in a way that is reminiscent of “All The Love In The World” or “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” from NIN’s With Teeth. The structure and mood of this song set the tone for the rest of the album. Each track is a slow burn with very subtle dynamic variation, if any. (more…)

Listen To Trent Reznor's Theme Song For "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II"

Nine Inch Nails mastermind and movie soundtrack composer Trent Reznor has written, recorded, and produced a theme song for the new first-person shooter warfare video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops II. The instrumental track is a dark and foreboding mix between unmistakable NIN electronics and distortion and Reznor’s equally as recognizable and suspenseful score-writing (as heard in the film The Social Netowork).

The game will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, November 13th), as will Reznor’s debut album for his and wife Mariqueen Maandig‘s new project, How To Destroy Angels. The EP entitled An Omen also features Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, both NIN collaborators.

While Reznor appears to have his hands full at the moment, we may be expecting some new NIN material in the near future. In the meantime, check out his theme for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II below.

If you like Trent Reznor’s work, then check out OurStage artist The Scientific Method.

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Green Day To Provide Soundtrack For ‘CSI: NY' Episode

Green Day has been causing quite the stir lately, between Billie Joe Armstrong‘s on stage explosion and the constant whirlwind of promotion behind the band’s trilogy albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre!.

But they aren’t stopping anytime soon, so gear up CSI: NY fans, because you’ll soon be graced with the soundtrack of several new Green Day songs. Appearing during an intense chase scene, viewers will catch narration in the form of Stop When The Red Lights Flash, Amy, Night Life, The Forgotten, and Kill The DJ.

We were stoked when we found out CSI: NY wanted to use our music instead of dialogue to narrate the first few acts of the episode, said Green Day. It’s the first time something like this has been done on the series, and we are blown away with what we’ve seen.

You can catch the episode Oct. 19 at 8pm EST on CBS.

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