Jonny Greenwood has released his score for the upcoming film The Power of the Dog.
Greenwood's score will be released at the same time as the limited release of the film in the United States. It will be available to stream to everyone else on Netflix on December 1st.
It was preceded by the two singles "West" and "25 Years", but now the complete soundtrack is available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify (see below).
The western drama, directed by acclaimed New Zealand director Jane Campion, is based on Thomas Savage's 1967 novel of the same name.
It has a whole range of casts: Benedict Cumberbatch, partners Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, Australian Kodi Smit-McPhee and rising star Thomasin McKenzie lead the ensemble.
The story follows rancher Phil Burbank (Cumberbatch), who torments his brother George and his new family after George brings home a wife and stepson. Poor Benedict really dedicated himself to his role, revealing that he got nicotine poisoning from smoking so many hand-rolled cigarettes.
Greenwood explained in a statement what attracted him to the setting of Campion's film. "The main thought that I kept coming back to was that this movie is set in the modern age," he said. “It's too easy to assume that a cowboy story is set in the 19th century.
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There's so much culture in Phil's character. He is well read and it is not difficult to imagine that his taste in music – besides his knowledge of the banjo – is very demanding.
The pleasure of such a complex and emotionally pent-up character is that he allows for complexity in some of the music, as well as simpler, sweeter things for his contrasting brother. Hopping back and forth musically between these two characters brought up a lot of ideas. "
Further information on this topic can be found in the Film & TV Observer.