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Sleeping At Last

Monday, August 10, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I spent almost the entire weekend listening to Sleeping At Last. The enduring, extensive, and exquisite recording project of Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last has crafted and manipulated the moods in a multitude of cinematographic scenes, being featured frequently in television and film (including a Grey’s Anatomy commissioned album of cover songs for use on the show). Featuring composition that is relentlessly elegant, and so frequently moving, both Ryan’s strictly instrumental and more traditional ballad works are soothing and graceful without fail. Some of my favorites from this weekend are below, spanning several years of Ryan’s discography.

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Unrelated: Just this morning, Beach House released two new preview tracks from their upcoming album Depression Cherry…though you have to get to them through the tricky new single finder on their website. Still, potentially worth investigating if you’ve enjoyed the duo’s past albums as much as I have.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Monday, September 29, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

And now for something completely different: This week I offer up the newly released soundtrack for upcoming thriller Gone Girl. I’m definitely one of the people who notices and really cares about the music used in films (both original scores and any pre-existing songs added in), and as a fan of the book this movie is adapted from, I was pretty eager to give this album a listen. The Gone Girl score is yet another collaboration for Atticus Ross and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. The duo has won an Oscar previously for their score of 2010’s The Social Network, as well as a Grammy for their score of the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last year. To be quite honest, I will not be surprised to find them nominated for both awards again with this offering.  

As much as I love dancing about and singing along, there are times when an instrumental soundtrack is the perfect background music for my life, and I think Gone Girl’s just might get a lot of play. Appropriately eerie and evocative for the movie it is tied to, it still manages to be quite beautiful… and even weirdly calming at times. Give a listen to a three track sample in the video below.    

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