Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are Makes Beautiful Music
from The Daily Beast

Fans of the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are have lapped up teaser posters and the Arcade Fire-scored trailers for Spike Jonze's upcoming live-action film adaptation (in theaters October 16), but what kind of music goes with furry monsters?

The soundtrack won't be released until September 29, but the first digital single "All is Love" debuted this week and is streaming (for free) on the film's MySpace page.

Karen O, the frontwoman for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (and ex-girlfriend of director Jonze), rallied composer Carter Burwell, members of Queens of the Stone Age, The Bird and the Bee, Deerhunter, and The Raconteurs, and an untrained children's choir to score the film.

The effusive, charming track by Karen O and the Kids will appeal to adults and kids, and is (yet another) good sign about the movie whose cast boasts Catherine Keener, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, and newcomer Max Records as the young boy who rules the wild things. Karen said, "I didn't want to make music that was hammering you over the head or go for some kind of pushbutton emotion." Mission accomplished.

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