Jonny Greenwood has shared two new songs from the forthcoming soundtrack for The Power of the Dog.
The Radiohead member has been quite busy composing the scores for two upcoming flicks: the Princess Diana biopic Spencer and The Power of the Dog. The latter marks Jane Campion’s first feature film since 2009, and today we’ve gotten two songs from the movie. The string-heavy tunes are “West” and “25 years.”
“The main thought I kept returning to was that this film is set in the modern era,” Greenwood explains. “It’s too easy to assume any cowboy story takes place in the 19th century. There is so much culture in Phil’s character. He’s well read and it isn’t hard to imagine his taste in music being—alongside his proficiency on the banjo—very sophisticated. The pleasure in a character this complex and emotionally pent-up, is that it allows for complexity in some of the music, as well as simpler, sweeter things for his contrasting brother. Bouncing between these two characters, musically, generated a lot of ideas.”
Listen to “West” and “25 years” below.
“Jonny Greenwood, our composer, is a genius,” Campion says. “Simple as that.”
About The Power of the Dog:
“Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him,” the synopsis for The Power of the Dog details. “When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.”
The Power of the Dog is based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name. The film is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons.
Both the forthcoming film and soundtrack are out on November 17th. Then, it’ll be out on Netflix on December 1st. Revisit the trailer below.
About Greenwood’s contribution to Spencer:
In addition to these The Power of the Dog, Jonny Greenwood has previewed the soundtrack for Pablo Larraín’s Spencer. Earlier this month, he shared “Crucifix” from the soundtrack, which is out on November 12th.
Spencer stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana during a Christmas weekend in the ’90s when she was questioning her choice in marrying Prince Charles. “Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen,” Deadline reveals of the script, which is written by Steven Knight.
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