introducing the video to “gathering stories” from the we bought a zoo soundtrack. the movie is out in the states december 23rd.
on tuesday, december 13th, to celebrate the release of the “we bought a zoo” soundtrack, jónsi and director cameron crowe will be doing a live q&a in the union square barnes and noble store in new york city.
the q&a session will be about their collaboration on the film’s soundtrack and both will be signing copies of the soundtrack.
update: the song is now available to listen here:
“gathering stories”, an original song from the forthcoming “we bought a zoo” soundtrack, is now available to listen to on the npr show “all songs considered”
also on the npr blog post, is the album sleeve notes written by cameron crowe about the recording process, here is an extract:
his first theme for the movie fit perfectly. within a week, jónsi had composed a series of themes that would reflect everything we’d hoped for. in his music were all the highs and lows and passionate in-betweens of the film itself. over the course of several visits to los angeles, jónsi sculpted and orchestrated a soundscape with elements i’d never had in a movie before: bells, strings, cymbals, toy pianos, even melodies played through a small dictaphone. the instinct that began the movie had come full circle. on a warm fall night in october, we finished. the e-mail he sent last night before boarding the plane back to his home in iceland says it all: “it was such a blast.” and so it was. here, with thanks from an inspired director, and special gratitude to alex somers, who helped shine it through a prism of love and wonder, is jónsi’s first score for film. this is his music for “we bought a zoo.”
as reported previously, jónsi has spent some time working on the original motion picture soundtrack for the forthcoming cameron crowe movie “we bought a zoo“.
today sees the announcement of details of the soundtrack that comprises of over 30 minutes of brand new music from jónsi – the soundtrack comprises of two new songs from jónsi: “ævin endar” (life ends) & “snærisendar” (end of a rope) as well as nine shorter “theme” pieces, plus reimagining’s of songs from jónsi’s debut solo album “go”. the soundtrack also includes “hoppípolla” by sigur rós.
the movie is released in america on the 23rd of december – the soundtrack is available to pre-order now from amazon.com with a release date of december 13th.
01. why not?
02. ævin endar * new full length track
03. boy lilikoi
06. sinking friendships
07. we bought a zoo
08. hoppípolla – sigur rós
10. sink ships
11. go do
12. whole made of pieces
14. first day
15. gathering stories – * new full length track
here is some insight about the soundtrack recording process:
“[jónsi] arrived from iceland with a toy sampler keyboard and a headful of ideas,” says cameron. “within a week, [he] had composed a series of themes that would reflect everything we’d hoped for. in his music were all the highs and lows and passionate in-betweens of the film itself. the instinct that made the movie come full circle.”
cameron’s relationship with jónsi and sigur rós goes back almost as far as the band’s position in the international spotlight, to 2001 and the director’s much-noticed inclusion of three of the band’s songs in the hugely successful tom cruise film ‘vanilla sky’. cameron has long heralded the band and their filmwork, to the extent that the secret project name for we bought a zoo was, in fact, ‘heima’ in honor of the band’s 2007 tour film.
“early on it was obvious that [sigur rós’] music would have a profound effect on the making of we bought a zoo,” says cameron. “in preparation for making the movie, we gave all the actors and crew members a copy of sigur rós’ transcendent documentary, ‘heima’.”
even ahead of getting jónsi on board as composer, we bought a zoo was broadly ‘temped’ with jónsi’ solo material. it’s an open secret that cameron would encourage matt damon, scarlett johansson and the other actors on the movie to listen to specific songs by the band to create the right energy for a scene.
“the actors listened to the music during their takes; it quickly became part of the film’s dna,” says the director.
perhaps even more potent is the fact that the closing scene of we bought a zoo is a cinematic homage to a specific moment in ‘heima’ when gleeful crowds stream in a sigur rós show in the far north of iceland or, in this case, the newly opened zoo.
among the original score and new songs is ‘gathering stories’, a song co-written by jónsi and cameron, in something of a collaborative first for the notoriously private icelander. orchestral arrangements on the score have been handled by previous jónsi working partner, and ‘reader’ soundtrack composer, nico muhly, who brings his quixotic genius to the string and brass sections.
jónsi will be providing the music for the upcoming cameron crowe film, we bought a zoo, starring matt damon and scarlett johansson. crowe describes the movie as a music-filled experience, about a man who moves his family to the countryside to revive a foreclosed zoo after his wife passes away.
this isn’t the first time jónsi has lent songs to a cameron crowe film – in 2001 a few sigur rós songs were featured in vanilla sky, including a live recording of the then-unreleased njósnavélin.
we bought a zoo will be released december 23rd in the states.
jónsi’s live show is nominated for best live act at the 36th annual nordoff robbins silver clef awards. nordoff robbins is a music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. other artists up for the award include stevie wonder, muse, paul mccartney, bon jovi and many others.
the voting deadline is june 27th and all voters are eligible for a bunch of prizes.
to celebrate ‘record store day’ in april, emi/parlophone released a remix e.p. containing four remixes of various tracks from ‘go’.
the four remixers were klive (aka úlfur, the bassist from the ‘go’ tour last year), f**k buttons, wld ptch (aka xl record label boss, richard russell & ‘go’ mixer tom elmhurst) and bogdan raczynski.
we have some new merch in the store for you to check out.
first there’s five rare and exclusive pieces of custom-made japanese merch made by the talented folks at museum neu. the pieces are limited to 50 or 100.
we also have two new t-shirts and a hoodie made by sandbag in the united kingdom.
jónsi has contributed music from his album go to the upcoming documentary film you’ve been trumped, an examination of donald trump’s plans to construct a luxury golf resort on one of the most environmentally sensitive stretches of land in europe. to be able to finish the film, the filmmakers have asked for financial support through donations on their site.