Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has given a preview of his "Suspiria" movie score with the release of the track "Suspirium," which features Yorke's vocals. Yorke made his debut as a film composer with the 2018 remake of the horror film "Suspiria." The 25-track "Suspiria" soundtrack is due out Oct. 26 on XL Recordings, according to Pitchfork.
"Suspiria" is about a dance academy where sinister things happen. The original "Suspiria," directed by Dario Argento, was released in 1977 and had its film score composed by the Italian rock band Goblin. The 2018 remake of the film also takes place in the 1970s. The 2018 remake of "Suspiria" arrives in U.S. cinemas on Nov. 2. The "Suspiria" teaser trailer and official trailer give an idea of what Yorke's film score sounds like.
As previously reported, Yorke was at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival in Italy to promote the movie, which had its world premiere at the festival on Sept. 1. Also in attendance to promote the movie were director/producer Luca Guadagnino, screenwriter/producer David Kajganich and "Suspiria" cast members Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper. At the Venice International Film Festival, "Suspiria" got an eight-minute standing ovation at its premiere, according to Variety, but critics are divided over the movie. Early reviews of the "Suspiria" remake have descriptions of the movie that range from "gorgeous" and "flamboyant" to "passionless" and "pretentious."
Yorke is the second member of Radiohead to become a film composer. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been composing film scores since the 2003 documentary "Bodysong." He has since composed scores for several Paul Thomas Anderson films, including 2007's "There Will Be Blood," 2012's "The Master, " 2014's "Inherent Vice" and 2017's "Phantom Thread." Greenwood received his first Oscar nomination for "Phantom Thread." Greenwood's other credits as a film composer include 2010's "Norwegian Wood" and 2011's "We Need to Talk About Kevin."
At the Venice International Film Festival press conference for "Suspiria," Yorke talked about composing the film's music: “It was an odd process from the beginning. When Luca [Guadagnino] first came to see me, with the producers and [editor] Walter [Fasano], I just thought they were mad, because I’ve never done a soundtrack before. And ‘Suspiria’ is one of those legendary soundtracks. It took a few months to even contemplate the idea. It was one of those moments in your life where you kind want to run away, but you know you'll regret it if you do."
Yorke revealed how the original "Suspiria" film score inspired him: "I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously, Goblin and Dario [Argento] worked incredibly closely when they did it together. But it was of its time and there was no way I could reference it in any way. There was no point, other than what I found interesting was they used repetition of motifs, again and again and again. Part of your mind is saying, ‘Please, I don’t want to hear this anymore.' That was really great. That's sort of hooked me into the whole process."
Yorke added, "There’s a way of repeating in music that can hypnotize. I kept thinking to myself that it’s a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio, I was making spells. I know it sounds really stupid, but that’s how I was thinking about it. It was a sort of freedom I’ve not had before. I’m not working in the format of song arrangement. I’m just exploring ... It was a really cool way to totally immerse myself in an area that I normally wouldn't go, with full permission.
As previously reported, Yorke is embarking on a U.S. solo tour that begins Nov. 23 in Philadelphia and ends Dec. 22 in Las Vegas.
Here is the tracklist for the 2018 "Suspiria" film score soundtrack:
A Storm That Took Everything
Belongings Thrown in a River
The Inevitable Pull
Olga’s Destruction (Volk tape)
The Conjuring of Anke
A Light Green
The Universe is Indifferent
The Balance of Things
A Soft Hand Across Your Face
A Choir of One
The Room of Compartments