Since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” has been generating big Oscar buzz. The Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-starring musical follows Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, two artists struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. The first song from the film’s soundtrack was just released and you can listen to it below.
Titled “City of Stars,” the track is a charming duet sung by Stone and Gosling and is sure to sweep you off your feet. The two and a half-minute song is a simple piano track that will instantly make you smile.
“I was just composing it from an emotional place and thinking about the tone,” Justin Hurwitz, the film’s composer, told Variety. “I would say the tone is hopeful, but melancholy at the same time. And it kind of goes back-and-forth between cadencing in major and cadencing in minor, because I think that’s kind of what the song is about. You have these great moments and then you have these less great moments in life and in Los Angeles and we see it happen in the story.”
The “La La Land” soundtrack was written by Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and produced by Hurwitz, Marius de Vries and Steven Gizicki. Lionsgate and Interscope Records will release the LP on December 9, the same day the movie comes out in limited theaters. According to Modern Vinyl, the album will also be released on vinyl and is available for pre-order on Urban Outfitters.
Listen to “City of Stars” below.