Earlier this year, fresh off winning a Grammy for Best Alternative Album (and having an interesting exchange with “Jersey Shore” star Snooki on the red carpet, [artist id="508292"]Phoenix[/artist] frontman Thomas Mars told BBC Radio that his band has written a “very minimal” soundtrack for his girlfriend Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film “Somewhere.”
“It was more about trying to make a sound that fits with a Ferrari and the city of Los Angeles,” Mars told the BBC about the soundtrack. “It was more of an engineer work than a composer.”
It sounded intriguing, so when MTV Radio caught up with Mars’ Phoenix bandmates, they asked about the “Somewhere” score — which, according to press release from Focus Features, stars Stephen Dorff as a “bad-boy actor” who gets an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter — they tried to pry some additional details out of ‘em. Turns out, there’s going to be a whole lot more than Ferrari sounds on the soundtrack: The band’s song “Love Like a Sunset” also features heavily.
“She asked us to do some music, very in the spirit of ‘Love Like a Sunset,’ so we tried to put that track and elements of the track in the movie, and it worked well,” Phoenix guitarist Christian Mazzalai said. “And then we wrote very small pieces of music, very minimal music for the movie too. … We’re very proud of it.”
“This is the first time we feel [that] the music fits to the picture,” bassist Deck D’Arcy added. “We’ve [been on] many soundtracks before, and it’s always weird for us — producers must like [our songs], of course it if they use them — but for us, it’s always weird to see them in the films.”
Mazzalai and D’Arcy wouldn’t divulge more about the soundtrack (though they did say “Somewhere” would be in theaters “sometime in the fall,”) and while this isn’t the first time their music has been used by Coppola in a film — their “Too Young” was featured in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation” — this is the first time they’ve tried their hands at actually writing a score. And they admit it’s a process they’re still getting used to.
“It was like in ‘Lost in Translation,’ when they used our song in a scene, it’s funny, but it’s weird for us,” Mazzalai laughed. “We didn’t believe it. So this is the first time we feel like the images match the music. But we still don’t believe it.”