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Lakeshore Records presents The Spectacular Now
10-Aug-2013 -

Featuring original music by Rob Simonsen.
With songs by Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent, and Ariel Pink

Lakeshore Records has released The Spectacular Now – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on July 30, 2013. The album features original music by Rob Simonsen along with the song “Baby (feat. Dâm-Funk)” by Ariel Pink and “Wakin’ On a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile and “Song for Zula” by Phosphorescent.

Simonsen said, “the first thing we nailed down was the Amy/Sutter motif. I wrote that away from picture and sent it to James [Ponsoldt, director] and the producers. Everyone felt it was right.” The score, however, was overly not theme-heavy. “Beyond that we shied away from overt themes. It was much more of an ambient approach, just trying to get the vibe right and set a mood.”

With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, The Spectacular Now (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance, becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500) DAYS OF SUMMER and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film was produced by Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy, Andrew Lauren and Michelle Krumm.

Simonsen used many interesting instruments for his score, including whirlies. “They’re basically empty vacuum hoses that you twirl in the air,” described Simonsen. In addition to the whirlies, Simonsen used “mangled samples, electric guitars, bass, drums, a drunken brass band, stomps, claps and prepared piano.”
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