I will dub 2010 the year of the soundtrack. This summer started strong with Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack, with a number of songs written by Beck. Later this year, Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy will release and Daft Punk is scoring the entire film. Then we have Trent Reznor scoring David Fincher’s The Social Network, which pushed things to the breaking point. I don’t often buy soundtracks, but having this caliber of mainstream talent (by two artists I adore) behind three of my most anticipated films of this year leaves me no choice. Adding to the anticipation is the fact that Reznor, who co-wrote and produced the soundtrack for the film with Atticus Ross, is releasing five of the tracks for free, right now. Join me after the jump for full details, including a message from Reznor himself and the entire tracklist.
First, if you don’t recognize the name Trent Reznor (for shame!), you might be familiar with his band: Nine Inch Nails. Reznor creates nearly all of the music for NIN, and has a rotating cast of musicians perform his music while on tour so he can simply sing. (A mental image of a one-man band in middle of the street just doesn’t seem very Reznor.) Unfortunately, it appears that Reznor has taken a break from touring as NIN indefinitely. On the flip side, thanks to Reznor’s site (Via The Playlist), you can download five tracks from the soundtrack for free and below I have the entire playlist for your pleasure.
Meanwhile, this is what Reznor had to say:
“This is what Atticus and I have been working on for the last few months. We had a great time working with David Fincher on this and the film turned out excellent – something we’re very proud of. It opens in theatres Oct 1 and you should check it out.
Musically, this all came out of our secret laboratory – electronic in basis, but mostly organic sounding. Lots of experiments and emphasis on sound fraying around the edges while focusing on the proper emotional tone for the various scenes.
Regarding the purchase options, sorry about the “clunkiness” of not offering the full record digital download pre-sale (and having to visit Amazon). My agenda was to be able to offer this for the lowest possible price and this was the best way to achieve that. Amazon has been a great partner with past projects and I appreciate your understanding.
– Trent Reznor, 9.16.10”
1. Hand Covers Bruise
2. In Motion
3. A Familiar Taste
4. It Catches Up With You
5. Intriguing Possibilities
6. Painted Sun In Abstract
7. 3:14 Every Night
8. Pieces Form the Whole*
9. Carbon Prevails
10. Eventually We Find Our Way*
12. In The Hall of the Mountain King
13. On We March*
15. Almost Home
16. Hand Covers Bruise, Reprise
17. Complication with Optimistic Outcome
18. The Gentle Hum of Anxiety*
19. Soft Trees Break the Fall*
I have starred the five tracks that are available for free. Look for The Social Network to drop on Oct. 1 (Steve loved it), and you can pre-order the album in digital, CD, vinyl, and Blu-ray formats off the site. Look for the digital version (each pre-order comes with it) to hit on Sept. 28th.