In our review out of the Venice Film Festival for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s “Birdman,” we noted the “dazzling” camerawork by Emmanuel Lubezki that renders much of the movie in one continuous shot (with the help of some careful editing). And while that, along with Michael Keaton‘s comeback performance, will likely be a big part of the conversation around the movie this fall, the film’s music will be worth paying close attention to as well. We said the movie was “brilliantly scored” by Antonio Sanchez, and today we have an early, exclusive listen to his work in the film.
Both the “Strut (Part II)” and “Doors And Distance” reveal Sanchez’s jazzy compositions for the film, which are immediate and invigorating. And given airy, spacious productions, the tunes are infused with some terrific life, bouncing and moving in a manner that sticks with Iñárritu’s visually and narratively ambitious film. The two songs are a new tease for the full twenty-two track soundtrack, which includes a selection of traditional classical pieces as well.
“Birdman” opens on October 17th, with the soundtrack arriving via Milan Records on October 14th. Check out the songs — along with John Adams‘ “Prologue: Chorus of Exiled Palestinians” — tracklist and artwork below.
“Birdman” Soundtrack Tracklist
1. Get Ready
2. Dirty Walk
3. Just Chatting
4. Waiting For What?
5. Semi Comfortable in 3
6. Strut Part 1
7. Doors And Distance
8. Night Chatter
9. Almost Human
11. Internal War
12. Kinda Messy
13. Strut Part 2
15. Fire Trail
16. The Anxious Battle For Sanity
17. Symphony No. 9 in D – 1st Movement: Andante Comodo (Gustav Mahler)
18. Symphony No. 5 OP. 64 in E Minor: Andante Cantabile (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
19. Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen (Gustav Mahler)
20. Passacaille (Tres Large) (Maurice Ravel)
21. Prologue: Chorus of Exiled Palestinians (John Adams)
22. Symphony No.2 in E Minor, Op 27 – II Allegro Molto – (Sergei Rachmaninov)