Lakeshore Records has released Our Friend—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring a uniquely orchestrated score by Rob Simonsen (The Age of Adaline, Love Simon). Created with the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra, the score explores themes of life, love, and friendship in unexpected and impressionistic ways mixing sublime orchestrations with acoustic flourishes. See the album purchase and streaming links, tracklist, and player below.
The Black Bear Pictures and Scott Free Productions film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite based on the National Magazine Award-winning story by Matthew Teague and starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, and Casey Affleck is in theaters and On Demand now in the U.S., Canada, and select international territories.
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
01. Life and Death, Variation 1
02. Life and Death, Variation 2
03. Life and Death, Variation 3
05. Friend, Variation 1
06. Friend, Variation 2
07. Friend, Variation 3
Our Friend tells the true, inspiring, heartbreaking and beguiling story of the Teague family—journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters—when their lives are upended by Nicole’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as caretaker and parent become increasingly exhausting and overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help. But when Dane recognizes the unrelenting toll being taken on Matt, Nicole and the two girls, he puts his life on hold to remain with his friends to the very end. The impact of this generous, albeit complicated, gesture proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.
Simonsen notes: “Gabriela and I wanted to explore something a little abstract for this score- meditations on life, death and friendship. Working with the London Contemporary Orchestra was the perfect partner in creating beautiful performances. “
ABOUT ROB SIMONSEN
Composer and co-founder of Los Angeles’ artist collective The Echo Society, Rob has contributed to almost a hundred film and television soundtracks in the two decades since he was first asked to provide piano solos to a movie made by high school friends. Having developed a presence in the Portland independent circuit with his first formal commission, Westender (2003), he was invited to assist veteran composer Mychael Danna, and in 2004 relocated to Los Angeles, where he contributed music to Danna’s Academy Award-winning score for 2012’s Life of Pi, as well as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), and Moneyball (2011) amongst a host of others. He and Danna also co-scored (500) Days of Summer in 2009, helping to establish Simonsen as a sought-after talent in his own right.
Since then, Simonsen’s composed music for 2015’s The Age of Adaline – for which he co-wrote the end credits song – in addition to a slew of other films, including Foxcatcher, The Spectacular Now, Nerve, Tully, Love Simon and The Way Back. In addition, Simonsen launched his solo artist career in 2019 with his debut full-length album, Reveries on Sony Masterworks.
ABOUT LAKESHORE RECORDS
Lakeshore Records is a four-time Grammy Nominated record label and the soundtrack arm of the Cutting Edge Group. Lakeshore Records is the global independent leader in top-line soundtrack album releases, including such popular, critically acclaimed and classic soundtracks as Drive, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, The Handmaid’s Tale, Napoleon Dynamite, the Academy Award-nominated Lady Bird and Academy Award winners Moonlight, Little Miss Sunshine, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Hurt Locker and many, many more. Lakeshore Records works with the most respected, award-winning artists and composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Daniel Lanois, PJ Harvey, Nicholas Britell, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Rolfe Kent, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, Christophe Beck, Christopher Young, Rachel Portman, and Marco Beltrami.
Recent Lakeshore Records titles include the Apple TV+ flagship launch series The Morning Show composed by Carter Burwell, Randy Newman’s Marriage Story, and Red Dead Redemption 2 featuring music by Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, D’Angelo, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and Rocco DeLuca.
Watch OUR FRIEND movie in theaters and On Demand now in the U.S., Canada, and select international territories.