‘Beautiful Creatures’ Score: Inside ‘Swamptronica’ Sound

If you’re not familiar with the L.A.-based band thenewno2 (pronounced “the new No. 2″), you will be once the big-screen adaptation of “Beautiful Creatures” hits theaters February 14.

The collective, composed of Dhani Harrison (son of Beatle George Harrison), Paul Hicks, Jonathan Sadoff, Jeremy Faccone, Aaron Older and Frank Zummo, worked with director Richard LaGravenese to craft a sound like none other for the magical movie’s score, and we got a sneak peek (or listen, rather) to the results.

“When we met originally, we did talk about the idea of having a classic, traditional score quoting themes,” Jonathan told us during a recent recording session. “You wanted each character’s DNA repeated throughout the movie. That was definitely something that resonated with us. A classic score with a modern take.”

“There was a lot of South, swamp, Delta, blues, stomp stuff, which is great because I love the blues,” Dhani continued. “There was a lot of mention of orchestration of the magical world, which is great because that is John and Paul, who are really good at all the programming and orchestration… We came up with something between blues, electronic and swamp music, which became ’swamptronica.'”

With the swamptronica sound at its core, the guys revealed that each character will have his or her own signature sound too.

“The caster sound is kind of a blend of all the themes—Ethan’s tone, which is guitars, folk instruments; Lena’s, which is glass harmonica, very smooth, sweet sounds; and the world, which is a dark and large orchestral treatment,” Jonathan explained. “And the root is a very traditional orchestral score. We bring that all together [into] this old-school Hollywood film scoring and moosh that all together, and it’s our casters because they bring different things to the table.”

The “Beautiful Creatures” soundtrack, featuring guests Ben Harper, Liela Moss and Tony Hicks, will be available February 12, with the film hitting theaters February 14.

Hear director Richard LaGravenese’s take on the soundtrack.

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