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.

If you like Green Day, check out OurStage artist The Pinz.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Beck Creates Soundtrack For New Playstation Game

[Edit: Update below]
Sound Shapes
is a new video game for Playstation 3 that bases gameplay, characters, levels, and general movement around its soundtrack. For this project, Beck has provided three new songs: “Cities,” “Touch The People,” and “Spiral Staircase.” Other contributing artists include Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie, I Am Robot, and Proud.

The game was released Tuesday, August 7th. Check out the following video to hear Beck’s “Cities” and watch some demonstrations of gameplay:

Update: In Other Unorthodox (Or Rather, Completely Orthodox) Beck News…

The indie-folk-hip-hop-experimental-punk-rock-whatever-he-wants-to-do artist has decided to release his newest “album” in a very old-fashioned and unique format. What kind, you say? Vinyl, perhaps? Cassettes? V-disc? Nope! Sheet music.

That’s right; according to, the new Beck release is called Song Reader and contains “20 different songs that exist only as individual pieces of sheet music. The whole thing comes packaged together with full-color ‘heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song’ in a hardcover carrying case,” and will be distributed by the McSweeney’s publishing company. So instead of listening to recordings of Beck’s music, fans will have to perform the music themselves in their own unique way if they want to hear his creation. Just like the good ol’ days of yore!

It’s definitely a bold move, especially since it only appeals to a narrow demographic of Beck fans who can read and perform music. But since when has Beck ever been the type of guy to consider demographics when producing art? It could actually be very interesting to hear  “renditions of the songs from readers and select musicians,” which “will be featured on the McSweeney’s website after the release.” Looks like you Beck fans better study up on your music theory if you want to hear these new jams!

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In the late ˜60s and early ˜70s, you could scarcely swing a Gibson acoustic without hitting a great singer/songwriter whose work went unappreciated by all but a tiny cult following. Some of them got a second shot at fame in the ˜90s and ˜00s through reissues and revivals of interest”Terry Callier, Vashti Bunyan, and Gary Higgins are among those that come to mind”but no underground balladeer has been aided in their comeback by a high-profile documentary film. Until now, that is.

In 1970 and ’71, the Detroit-based songwriter who went only by his surname, Rodriguez, released the albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality, respectively, on the Sussex label, which was probably most famous for the classic catalog of another streetwise ˜70s troubadour, Bill Withers. Like Withers, Rodriguez served up a sonic cocktail of folk and soul, but with a pinch of post-psychedelic rock flavoring. Rodriguez’s songs also mirrored Withers’ early work in their mixture of sociopolitical and personal themes. But the Mexican-American artist born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez didn’t achieve the renown of his labelmate, or any renown at all, at least not as far as he knew at the time. Like so many talented contemporaries, Rodriguez wasn’t able to work the game in his favor despite being a gifted artist, and his records basically gathered dust. 1971’s Coming From Reality would be his last recording.


Craig Zobel's 'Compliance' To Feature Soundtrack Of OurStage Artists

The debut feature film from director Craig Zobel, the thriller Compliance, is coming out later this summer. And while we’re big fans of independent cinema, we’ve got a special reason why we’re excited about this movie. Compliance marks a major success for OurStage’s Licensing Program, featuring a soundtrack comprised of OurStage artists.

Don’t go see Compliance if you’re looking for another popcorn movie. Feel good hit of the summer, this is not. The cerebral, challenging movie earned rave reviews when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. From the movie’s synopsis:

Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.

Heavy stuff indeed.