Explosions In The Sky craft an introspective soundtrack for independent movie
Austin, Texas’ Explosions In The Sky are one of the world’s premier post rock outfits. Their music is touching, delicate, and yet contains a distinct power in its emotive properties. I don’t claim to be any sort of expert on the band, or post rock, but I will say that The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place is one of the most stirringly beautiful albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Recently, the band were tasked with crafting the soundtrack for the independent movie Prince Avalanche, the latest work from quirky director David Gordon Green.
The band has done film score work before, providing the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights nine years ago. Since then, the band has released three albums, and gained far more presence in the music world. This time, they’re working with fellow Austinite David Wingo for the movie. Oh, and did I mention that the entire score is available for listening as of this moment? Because it is, and you should really go listen to it.
The score consists mostly of smaller bits of songs then the band usually composes, clocking in at anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes rather than the 8+ that Explosions usually runs. It also seems more minimal than usual, which makes sense for it being a soundtrack rather than a studio album release. It doesn’t skimp on the atmosphere though, the music is morose, and dreary. It really brings to mind a rainy evening, where nothing particularly bad has happened, but you feel kind of low on energy and moody anyway.
Prince Avalanche tells the story of two men who go on an introspective journey after taking a summer trip to an isolated landscape, away from their busy city based lives. As they get up to a series of misadventures they find themselves at odds with one another and the women that they’ve left behind. The two main characters are played by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and the more I read about this film, the more that Explosions In The Sky seem like a perfect fit to score it. There are few bands who are better to evoke some healthy introspection.
Explosions In The Sky member Munaf Rayani had this to say about the collaboration:
He’s (director David Gordon Green) becoming kind of an old friend of ours. We became familiar and met like 10 years ago. Over the last few years, it seems like a good amount of the film world was starting to move to town. And then all of a sudden we were all living down the street from each other.
And because we all live down the street from each other, we ended up recording the soundtrack in the living room of my home, and so we had mics set up everywhere, and it’s a nice old Austin home with hardwood floors, so it has a nice reverb quality as-is. Every now and then, though, we’d hear a knock on the door, and it’d be David. But sometimes he wouldn’t know if we were recording or just practicing. So on a couple of occasions, the door did open while we were recording, so those are fun outtakes — this melody playing and all of a sudden someone’s walking in going, ‘Hey! Oh, sorry!’ Maybe they’ll show up on some sort of b-side down the way.
Prince Avalanche will be released on August 9th, whereas the soundtrack will be available a few days earlier, on August 6th. Be sure to check them both out.
If you’re still on the fence, here’s a trailer for the movie:
What do you guys think? Would you like to see more rock/metal artists score movies? Which artists do you think would make great movie composers? Are you interested in this movie? Do you like the soundtrack?