According to Rolling Stone, a new Thom Yorke song is set to appear in Edward Norton’s forthcoming film, Motherless Brooklyn.
Norton, who is a longtime Yorke fan, reached out to him to contribute to the film adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1950 detective novel. Yorke came back with “Daily Battles,” which will play during a jazz bar scene in the flick. To fit the scene, Norton got Wynton Marsalis to record a jazz rendition of the track, and both versions are set to arrive in the next few weeks.
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“I wanted Thom to write an old-world melancholy ballad, and I wanted his voice to be the properties for [Norton’s character] Lionel’s voice,” Norton explained to Rolling Stone. He then went on to reveal that the song is “so instantly heartbreaking and evocative of so many of the themes to the movie without being overly specific to them, but so much so, I thought the idea of daily battles that everyone is fighting, that you’re trying to rise up and out of.”
Yorke’s version of “Daily Battles” features Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea on both bass and horns.