For many, the French indie outfit Phoenix is known simply for “1901” and “Litzomania”, the two singles turned television commercial soundtracks from the masterful 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. But as any fan will tell you, the Thomas Mars-led quartet has a healthy résumé beyond the aforementioned hits, complete with three full-length studio albums and a live show that rivals most. Soon enough, compliments of film director Sophia Coppola, Phoenix will also be able to add a film score to that list.
As you may or may not know, Mars is Coppolas life-partner and the father of their child Romy. Last December, we reported on Mars’ plans to pen songs for the new Coppola-directed film Somewhere. Since then, those plans have expanded a bit — now, the project is a full band effort which will see Phoenix scoring the film.
“She asked us to do some music, very in the spirit of ‘Love Like a Sunset,’ so we tried to put that track and elements of the track in the movie, and it worked well,” explained Mazzalai. “And then we wrote very small pieces of music, very minimal music for the movie too. … We’re very proud of it.”
“This is the first time we feel [that] the music fits to the picture,” bassist Deck D’Arcy added. “We’ve [been on] many soundtracks before, and it’s always weird for us producers must like [our songs], of course it if they use them but for us, it’s always weird to see them in the films.”
Neither member would expand beyond there, but did note that Somewhere is likely to hit theaters this fall. For those looking for a refresher, we included a stream of “Love Like a Sunset” below.