LISTENING POST

Johnny Jewel has posted the first track from ‘Lost River’, a score for Ryan Gosling’s new movie

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Lost River is the directorial debut from Ryan Gosling, with a film score by Chromatics/Glass Candy man Johnny Jewel.

Jewel’s has a busy year coming up, with the release of ‘Dear Johnny’ – Chromatic’s fifth album – due early May.

Before that he’s posted ‘Tell Me’, the first track from his ‘Lost River’ score. Check it out an download it below.

On Chromatic’s Facebook page, Jewel said this about the track…

“Tell Me” is the opening track on the “Lost River” soundtrack.
In the script, Rat sings herself to sleep every night with a hopeful lullaby.
It’s her way of dealing with the pain of her surroundings, & transcending that heartbreaking dragging of time we all feel through the endless nights of our youth.
While we were working on the movie, Ryan decided he wanted to have Saoirse sing on screen.
We kept talking about it for months, trying to find the right piece of music.
After the film was cut, Saoirse was here in Los Angeles recording voice overs for the film.
Out of nowhere, I got a text from Ryan that simply said…”Rat’s in town. You ready to do it?”
I packed up a microphone, a tape machine, and a preamp, & drove as fast as i could to the mix stage.
When I got there, they gave me a huge sound stage to work in, but she was a little nervous.
Even though she is incredibly accomplished on screen, she had never recorded a pop song before.
To melt the ice, I set up an 8 track on the floor of the kitchen next door.
I unplugged the all phones from the wall, & put them inside the refrigerator.
She came into the room, & the three of us piled up all of the furniture & suitcases in the corner to block the door.
I wanted to make her feel as safe as possible, & I wanted her to sing as intimately as she could.
Like she was the only person in the world.
I promised her there was no way anyone was getting into that room until we were done.
Ryan turned off the all lights, & all three of us sat on the floor in a circle in the dark.
We recorded it in two takes with a single microphone and no headphones.
There are no words to describe that moment.
It was pure magic.
I’ve heard this song a thousand times since that evening…& i’m still floored every time it comes on.
Enjoy!
xo
Johnny

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