Here’s a handy list of new releases out in the past week from Lakeshore Records! Which ones are you planning to download or stream?
Out Now on Vinyl:
Swiss Army Man Collector’s Edition Vinyl: get it here
Out Now on CD:
The Lobster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CD: get it here
The Lobster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is a timeless album compilation for a film which takes place in a dystopian near future! Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, the soundtrack features the track, “Where the Wild Roses Grow” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue and classical masterpieces (Sofia Loren’s vocals are amazing on CD!). The album is a perfect back drop to fully experience the “absurdly romantic” BAFTA-nominated The Lobster film, winner of three Cannes Film Festival Awards, including the Jury Prize and a Palme D’Or nomination for director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth)!
Now you can listen to almost an hour (and growing) of uninterrupted composer podcasts now on Spotify! Currently featuring a baker’s dozen of interviews from Rob Simonsen (The Age of Adaline) to John Debney (Draft Day) to Brian Tyler (Transformers: Prime), you’ll be treating yourself to exclusive behind-the-scenes chats on some of film’s most memorable scores. Kick it off with our latest addition: an interview with composer Cliff Martinez on his score for Drive!
On the eve of the I, Frankenstein HD digital release (watch on Amazon), we caught up with Geno Lenardo, one-half of the band, By Maker. Co-founded by Daniel Davies (of Year Long Disaster) while working together on the I, Frankenstein Soundtrack, the partnership formed a new working friendship which endures to this day. Lakeshore Records released this album infused with Electro-Goth and Industrial sounds. Engineered with explosive beats and big guitars shredding to your delight, the tracks electrify your image of Aaron Eckhart’s “Adam” battling evil gargoyles like no immortal can.
Can you share something from the I, Frankenstein music video shoots? Well one thing people probably don’t know from those shoots is that originally Will Hunt from Evanescence was to be drumming in the videos. Unfortunately his father fell ill and he was unable to come to L.A. to the shoot. I was really lucky that my old friend Kourtney Klein from Army On The Dance Floor was available last minute. She kicked ass and looks great.
Working as a music composer yourself, who do you admire? There are so many. Danny Elfman for his gothic textures, Mark Mothersbaugh, for his Wes Anderson scores, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the really cool textures they create. Social Network is my favorite modern score. I would definitely have to list John Williams because I grew up with Raiders Of The Lost Ark and the Star Wars movies. He’s the best theme writer in film without a doubt.
IMAGE: AARON ECKHART IN A SCENE FROM I, FRANKENSTEIN
Before you begin on a project, do you have any rituals? There’s always a bit of research and pre-production I do. It could be as simple as consolidating collections of samples from my personal libraries or as involved as doing a lot of new sound design to create a whole new world of sounds. If it’s an album for a film I get as much possible information out of the director as I can. Most have made a temp track for the film and have a clear vision of what they want the music to sound like. Other than that I just dive in and start writing.
Collaborating and writing with a wide variety of writers and musicians is something that I can’t say enough about. If you’re always just writing by yourself things can get stagnant. There’s always something to be learned from another writers approach and/or perspective.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m in the process of completing another collaboration with Daniel Davies for Lakeshore Records. We are doing a 10-song album and a separate album of instrumental cues for a graphic novel called Wednesday by John Bergin (of From Inside). I can’t wait to get it out there.
Now available: Watch I, Frankenstein Video on Demand – Download
In case you missed it, check out the Music Video for the lead-off track “Misgiving” from the I, Frankenstein Soundtrack, out now at iTunes:
The album is from BY MAKER feat. Geno Lenardo & Daniel Davies, plus bonus tracks from 8mm,Justin Lassen and Prahant Aswani.
See the movie In Theaters Next Friday January 24th.
Listen to samples of all the songs here:
01. Misgiving – By Maker
02. Trouble – By Maker
03. 1 By 1 – By Maker
04. Perennial Flow – By Maker
05. Gimme Soul – By Maker
06. By Maker – By Maker
07. Way Down – By Maker
08. After All – By Maker
09. Possessions Mine – By Maker
10. Ascension – By Maker
11. Scream Where My Heart Should Be – 8mm
12. Feed Me More – Justin Lassen
13. Frankenstein – Geno Lenardo feat. Prashant Aswani