Thom Yorke unveils his first original film score for Luca Guadagnino’s 'Suspiria'
Yorke marked the release of his debut film score with a live performance of the album's highlight, 'Unmade,' on BBC Radio 6
Following in the footsteps of his Oscar-nominated bandmate Johnny Greenwood, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has helmed his first ever film score for Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated remake of the 1977 cult horror classic 'Suspiria'. The double album comes via XL Recordings and is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.
Ahead of the film's November 2 release date, Yorke shared the OST for the film, consisting of 25 original compositions written and arranged by Yorke - some taking the form of eerie instrumentals, while others more fully formed traditional songs. Recorded and produced by both Yorke and Sam Petts-Davies, the score also features contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, flutist Pasha Mansurov, and Yorke’s own son, Noah, who plays the drums on two tracks.
Yorke told the Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, it took a “few months to even contemplate the idea” of scoring the film, arguing that Goblin’s original 'Suspiria' score “is one of those legendary soundtracks.”
“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do,” Yorke said. “I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously, Goblin and [director] Dario [Argento] worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”
In addition to Goblin’s original score for 'Suspiria,' Yorke said he took inspiration from Krautrock and 70’s-era Berlin. “It was just a really cool way to totally immerse myself in an area I wouldn’t normally go with full permission,” he continued. He also likened the experience to “making spells,” adding: “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.”
Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can stream the full album below:
The Radiohead frontman marked the release of the album with a live debut of one of the album's highlight 'Unmade' recorded in BBC Radio 6 Music’s Maida Vale studio. The performance sees Yorke cozied up to a piano, complementing the sparse notes with the haunting, siren-like vocals reminiscent of some of his most recent work on Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool.' Check out the BBC Radio 6 performance below.
Yorke’s full Maida Vale session, which features more 'Suspiria' arrangements and a chat with BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs, airs Sunday. This year has been quite a busy one for Yorke. Apart from touring with Radiohead, embarking on a solo tour and working on the score of 'Suspiria,' he also recently shared a new track called 'Hands Off The Antarctic,' which raises awareness for Greenpeace's Protect The Antarctic campaign.
To top it all off, Yorke revealed in a recent interview that his highly anticipated third solo album will be out next year. In an interview with Spain's El Mundo, Yorke said he’s "trying to finish a record" with longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, and that it would drop sometime in 2019.