It’s arrived! The soundtrack for Wes Anderson’s latest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is streamable now, more than a week before its theatrical release.
Fom “The Royal Tenenbaums” to “Moonrise Kingdom.” Anderson films tend to be accompanied by tunes orchestral, soberly folkish, or lightly plunking. This one is takes the grandeur up a notch, comprising entirely of instrumental tracks by soundtrack standard Alexandre Desplat (“Harry Potter,” “The Tree of Life,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”). Incorporating Russian folk songs performed by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra, each track has that Eastern European vibe and already feels perfectly suited for an Anderson film.
Alexandre Desplat has received five Academy Award nominations in the past seven years for films including “The King’s Speech” and “Argo.” He hasn’t won yet, but he just received a sixth nomination for “Philomena.”
Check out the grand soundtrack for yourself via Pitchfork here, and don’t skip tracks 3 and 13 (“Mr. Moustafa” and “Night Train to Nebelsbad” have strong tempos and unique melodies reminiscent of “Fantastic Mr. Fox”).