Phoenix to score Sofia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 8th, 2010

If there is one thing that I love just as much as film, it's music. So seeing that one of my favorite bands is going to be scoring the new film from one of my favorite filmmakers has me more than happy. 

According to Prefix, the French band Phoenix is currently working on the score to Sofia Coppola’s next film, SOMEWHERE.  Here’s what the band's face, Thomas Mars, had to say about the project:

“It’s very minimal,” said Mars of the new work. “It’s almost like sound design. It wasn’t like writing songs, it was more about trying to make a sound that fits with a Ferrari and the city of Los Angeles’ theme. It was more of an engineer work than a composer.”

If there is one thing that Coppola does better than making film, she knows when and where to use music, and what type of music to use. 

This is just another notch in the belt of indie bands reaching out into the world of film scores.  You have last year’s masterpiece of sonic art from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs score WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, and then you have the much publicized score for Richard Kelly’s THE BOX, which was done by Arcade Fire. 

For those who may not know, SOMEWHERE follows Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff), an A-List actor who is on the downturn.  While living at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, he runs into his 11-year-old daughter,  Cleo (Elle Fanning) who randomly shows up and begins to hold him down.  From there the two bond and when she leaves, his world is forever changed. 

This is a film that I’ve been anticipating since the final frame of the underrated MARIE ANTOINETTE, so this news just amplifies my anticipation. I love Phoenix, and while they may have jumped the shark a little bit by letting their music be used for random car commercials, the idea of hearing them do a minimalist score for Coppola is sure to be music to my ears.

For those who may be new to their music, this one should be familiar.  It's a performance of their song "1901" from the Late Show.


Source: Prefix

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