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The Newton Brothers' The Runner
17-Sep-2015 -

Lakeshore Records will release The Runner – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 25, 2015. The album features original music by The Newton Brothers (OCULUS, LIFE OF CRIME).

In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician (Nicolas Cage) is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Also stars Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda.

Composers Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart, better known as The Newton Brothers, drew inspiration for their score from both the humanity of the film’s characters and the tense political climate that serves as a backdrop. Collaborating with director Austin Stark, The Newton Brothers sought to find a musical balance befitting of the movie’s vision. “We had the political aspect of the film which we scored one way, and then Colin Price and his inner-struggles as another tone. We needed something minimal and intimate for Colin’s internal struggle to capture the humanity of his situation. It provides commentary on how we deal with vulnerability, life, and change - which is something everyone can connect with,” explained Stewart.

The Newton Brothers achieved the musical balance by creating a hybrid score combining electronic and symphonic elements with unique instrumentation. Stewart described, “For the connection between Colin and Kate Haber (Paulson), we relied on a solo electric guitar for a very fragile and emotional theme which expresses their connection and character development. To keep the political world separate, we spent a lot of time coming up with subtle percussive elements and synth arpeggio’s to chug along in the background of various scenes to keep the ‘real world’ always moving around the story of Colin.” The composers also bowed a Bazantar and developed percussion patterns from recorded sounds of banging on guitars and dobros.
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