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‘Music Inspired by the Film ROMA’ album feat. Beck, Patti Smith on its way

Remember that mysterious tweet from Beck back in November that implied he was working on a music project connected to Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA?

Well, he was. As part of an inspired-by album called Music Inspired By the Film ROMA and it’s going to be out February 8th. Here is the official press release details.

Sony Music announces the FEBRUARY 8th release of MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE FILM ROMA, an album of music inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s award winning film. Yesterday, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.  Available to preorder now, the album features songs from BECK, BILLIE EILISH, EL-P, IBEYI, JESSIE REYEZ, LAURA MARLING, PATTI SMITH, UNKLE and more, recorded exclusively for this project.  

Included with today’s preorder and available now to stream is BECK’s first musical offering of 2019, entitled “Tarantula” – listen here.  Beck’s radical reimagining of “Tarantula,” a 1982 B-Side by 4AD artists Colourbox, replaces the minimalist groove of the original with an epic arrangement by Beck in collaboration with his father, David Campbell.  Produced by Beck and mixed by Tom Elmhirst, the track features a riveting Beck vocal performance at its centerpiece with the backing of a 24-piece ensemble.

After completing work on ROMA, director Alfonso Cuarón was struck with the notion of having his favorite musical artists create songs inspired by the film.  Interested in hearing what the film might inspire in artists across the globe, Cuarón and his music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein began exploring possibilities with the help of their friend Randall Poster.  They approached artists of all genres and backgrounds, inviting them to contribute either an original piece of music or a cover of one of the songs heard in the film.

For some, ROMA inspired new originals, including Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER,” available now to listen.  Like most of the original songs contributed to the collection, “WHEN I WAS OLDER” incorporates various sound elements from ROMA’s dense audio tracks.  From shouts of student protests to barkings of Borras to the grinding of knives, artists drew inspiration from the sonic landscape meticulously crafted by ROMA, imbuing their compositions with the day-to-day soundtrack of the streets of Mexico City.  16-year-old Bu Cuarón makes her musical debut with her contribution “PSYCHO,” opening with a dramatic audio clip from ROMA before descending into a synth-heavy, electro-pop gem.  Elsewhere, British singer-songwriter Laura Marling covers the Mary Hopkin original “Those Were The Days,” which is heard in the film as a cover by Ray Conniff & The Singers.  The legendary Patti Smith records a new version of her 1996 track “Wing,” while French musical duo Ibeyi draws inspiration from the character of Cleo and her story.  

From hip-hop’s El-P to R&B breakout Jessie Reyez and electronic producers UNKLE and DJ Shadow, the remainder of the collection is a diverse tapestry that transcends genre, geography and age.  From Sonido Gallo Negro and Quique Rangel’s Mexico City roots to singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan’s native Israel, and with artists belonging to five different generations, Music Inspired by the Film ROMA is a contemporary touchstone that further reiterates the film’s ability to connect with audiences of all ages across the globe.  

Music Inspired by The Film ROMA is the latest addition to the sonic universe of Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film, following the release of ROMA (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack).  Delivering a sonic portrait of Mexico in the 1970s, the soundtrack presents a mosaic of sounds that further encapsulate the sociopolitical transitions of the era.   

MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE FILM ROMA – TRACKLISTING

  1. Tepeji 21 (The Sounds of ROMA) – Ciudad de México
  2. Wing – Patti Smith
  3. Tarantula – Beck
  4. WHEN I WAS OLDER – Billie Eilish
  5. PSYCHO – Bu Cuarón
  6. On My Knees – UNKLE featuring Michael Kiwanaku
  7. Con El Viento – Jessie Reyez
  8. Marooned – El-P & Wilder Zoby
  9. Cumbia del Borras – Sonido Gallo Negro
  10. La Hora Exacta –  Quique Rangel
  11. Cleo Who Takes Care Of You –  Ibeyi
  12. We Are Always Alone – DJ Shadow
  13. Between These Hands – Asaf Avidan
  14. Those Were The Days – Laura Marling
  15. ROMA – T Bone Burnett

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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