Turn Back Tuesday
Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure.
Death In Vegas - Girls
Putting together a soundtrack for a film is a much more difficult job than it looks at first blush. Some may go the traditional route of licensing popular songs that the audience is already familiar with, the emotions they already have attached to the music easily transferred to the screen. There’s also the more difficult route of making up all the music from scratch, but the inherent advantage here is that the music will always be associated with the film because it served as the audience’s point of entry. One of my favorite soundtracks since the turn of the century was for Lost In Translation; it combined popular songs, original pieces, and many lesser-known tracks into a perfect package with the film.
Death In Vegas’ “Girls” stands out to me because it sound like literally nothing else off the album it belongs to, Scorpion Rising. While most of the album is harsh and aggressive, “Girls” floats along on airy vocals and introspective guitars. “Girls” builds so slowly and effortlessly that before the listener knows it, it’s already exploding like a supernova at the end. “Girls” is such a perfect fit for a film like Lost In Translation and remains affecting today. Enjoy.