Soundtrack release: Beautiful Creatures Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Watertower / Sony Music
Release date: February 12 2013
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Critically acclaimed thenewno2 have announced the release of their debut original score and soundtrack for Beautiful Creatures. Beautiful Creatures Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (WaterTower Music) will be available February 12 both digitally and through all major retailers. The soundtrack features an original score and two unreleased thenewno2 tracks, including Run To Me with Ben Harper and Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit) as well as Never Too Late also featuring Liela Moss. Beautiful Creatures Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the companion to the February 14 theatrical release of Alcon Entertainment’s Beautiful Creatures, directed by Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, Oscar nominee Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson.
thenewno2 (whose 2012 sophomore album thefearofmissingout was praised by NPR Music for radiating a “restless energy that helps it sound both independent-minded and eager to please”) is led by Grammy Award winner Dhani Harrison, three-time Grammy Award winner Paul Hicks and composer Jonathan Sadoff. Always expanding their collective, thenewno2 enlisted close to a dozen talented musicians to showcase their talents throughout their original score, including Ben Harper, Liela Moss and Tony Hicks (The Hollies), father of Paul Hicks.
thenewno2 created the score over an extensive three-month period in both their hometown studio in Santa Monica, CA and in London, England, where they recorded in the famed Abbey Road’s Studio 2 with a 54-piece London based orchestra. While this was Harrison’s first time recording at Abbey Road, this was a homecoming for Paul Hicks. His 12-year tenure at Abbey Road included producing Let It Be Naked and working on the acclaimed Beatles re-masters, as well working with artists such as Paul Weller, Manic Street Preachers and Placebo.
In dreaming up the score, LaGravenese wanted a sound for Beautiful Creatures that he had not heard before. thenewno2 delivered a melody-driven soundscape that infused electronica and modern rock with a Southern Gothic sultriness, creating a new genre they dubbed ‘swamptronica.’ “Their ideas, their excitement and their creativity knocked me out,” says LaGravenese of thenewno2. Marveling at the score’s melodic power and richness of sound, LaGravenese deems thenewno2 no mere musical outfit, but “three composers forming one unit, each with a distinct, savant-like talent, with equal parts genius and madness.”
thenewno2 (as in "the new No. 2," a line borrowed from TV's The Prisoner) is a Los Angeles based critically-acclaimed band and collective led by Grammy Award winner singer/guitarist Dhani Harrison, three-time Grammy Winner Paul Hicks (keyboards/programming), Jonathan Sadoff (keyboards/guitar), Jeremy Faccone (guitar), Aaron Older (bass), and Frank Zummo (drums). Since its inception, Harrison has tirelessly expanded thenewno2 as an art collective creating both videos and artwork. In-between the band’s 2009 debut, You Are Here and their 2012 sophomore album, thefearofmissingout, Dhani Harrison formed Fistful of Mercy, a NPR top-rated side project with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur, Jonathan Sadoff composed two films (Good Old Fashion Orgy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) and Paul Hicks won his 3rd Grammy for sound engineering.
A supernatural love story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, P.S. I Love You) directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa), Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), Emmy Rossum (TV’s Shameless), Thomas Mann (Project X) and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility). Rounding out the cast are Eileen Atkins, Margo Martindale, Zoey Deutch, Tiffany Boone, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle Gallner, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Sam Gilroy.
The film was produced by Erwin Stoff (Water for Elephants), Academy Award nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (The Blind Side), Molly Mickler Smith (Something Borrowed) and Oscar® nominee David Valdes (The Green Mile). Yolanda T. Cochran served as executive producer with Steven P. Wegner co- producing.
The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (A River Runs Through It), production designer Richard Sherman (Gods and Monsters), editor David Moritz (Jerry Maguire) and Oscar-nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (Bullets Over Broadway). Music is by thenewno2. Alcon Entertainment presents a 3 Arts Entertainment/Belle Pictures Production, Beautiful Creatures. The film has been rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material. Opening February 14, 2013, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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