Soundtracks

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [OST] [Picture Disc Box Set] (LP)

The Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack has seen many iterations, but this is the collection to covet. The Seven Evil Exes Deluxe Edition 4 Picture Disc LP Collection contains both the score and the soundtrack, with 12 bonus tracks. Includes a two-sided film poster, musings from director Edgar Wright and composer Nigel Godrich on printed letters, and an 11"x11" coloring page with original art by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Stranger Things 4 (Soundtrack From The Netflix Series) [OST] (CD)

Is it possible for a soundtrack jam-packed with familiar ‘80s to ‘00s tracks to change the world? When it’s summer 2022 and we’re talking about the Stranger Things 4 Soundtrack, the answer has to be yes. This is the album that catapulted Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” back to the top of the pops and introduced the eccentric genius to a whole new generation. The album also includes songs from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Talking Heads, The Beach Boys, Moby, Metallica, and so many more, plus an extended version of the Bryce Miller and Alloy Tracks remix of Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart).” Lots of great tracks here and if you’re lucky enough to be discovering some of them for the first time, this will be on your turntable for many spins to come.

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The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes [OST] (CD)

Just like the legendary band it depicts, the soundtrack to Todd Hayne’s The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film is almost overwhelmingly cool. Along with classic VU tracks, you’ll get the requisite rarities, as well as songs that influenced the band, from the Diablos to Bo Diddley. It’s mind-expanding, atmospheric, and packed with some of the highest quality prime choice cuts in recent musical memory. Curated by the director himself as well as music supervisor Randall Poster, this nicely-packaged overview of the Velvets also features liner notes penned by Haynes.

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The French Dispatch [OST] (CD)

Eclectic and evocative, it’s perhaps no surprise that The French Dispatch Original Soundtrack is every bit as carefully-crafted as Wes Anderson’s latest film. Just as the director builds aesthetically dazzling worlds in each of his films, this enticing collection of songs also casts its own singular little spell. Featuring an original score by Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat, a cover of Christophe’s French pop hit “Aline” by Jarvis Cocker, and tracks from the likes of Gene Austin, Grace Jones, and Ennio Morricone, listening to this album will transport listeners to the charming, bustling streets of a fictional French city that stands outside of time, a place of imagination and dreams. Here everything is rich in effortless glamour and swooning romance. It’s a place listeners will want to return to again and again.

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The Northman [Score] (CD)

Robin Carolan & Sebastian Gainsborough’s score for Robert Eggers’ early Norse saga The Northman is evocative and epic. Out via Sacred Bones, the album traverses deep psychological territory and sweeping terrain, calling to mind mind majestic northern landscapes, harrowing human acts of violence, and swirling supernatural occurrences. The tracks seamlessly slip from bristling, percussion-driven tense atmospherics into a sort of medieval psychedelia and into an icy, anticipation-heavy avant-garde. Keening strings and awe-inspiring choral vocals add emotional and sonic layers to the folk meets ambient soundscapes; it’s a stirring listen, as crystalline in its beauty and brutal in its nature as the North itself.

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