The New Moon Soundtrack, preview and speculation

NMsoundtrackcoverDear LTT-ers and music nerds alike,

Yesteryday’s the day I had been waiting for with baited breath… the Soundtrack track listing for New Moon was released. Would Alexandra Patsavas, Chris Weitz and team knock New Moon’s soundtrack out of the park this time? Would they avoid the pitfalls of the Twilight soundtrack? Mainly the inclusion of shiz like Collective Soul and Perry Ferrell? Well we still have a little bit longer to find out since the soundtrack itself isn’t released till October 20th and the ultimate test: the movie isn’t released till November 20th, but for now we have a track listing that looks SOLID. And like any good music nerd, I’m here to break it down for you, introduce some of these artists and also learn a bit about the ones I’m not familiar with.

Hold on tight you little creep!

Hold on tight you little creep!

As explained on Stephenie Meyer’s website as well as the super awesome New Moon Soundtrack site “…all of the music is original, and exclusive to the soundtrack.” Though I have to point out that Muse song was released on their latest album The Resistance, but according to them they were asked by Chris Weitz to cut a different version of the song. All that to say not only is it exciting that we’ll be hearing all (almost) new music but how telling is it that this saga can get TOP artists like Thom freaking York to cut all new music for it?! That’s called pull and this saga’s got it.

Anyway, on to the track listing…

01. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE — MEET ME ON THE EQUINOX

I really love the line “Oh darling understand, that everything ends…” which works so well with the themes of New Moon. Bella learns that nothing is forever and that as much as she thought she’d be with Edward forever, it wasn’t meant to be. Little does she know! I can almost seeing this being a song from Jacob’s perspective, not only did we learn Chris Walla is SO Team Jacob the lyrics have so much longing, so much want. Wanting to be that person for her but needing her to meet him halfway. Hmmm love to ponder the lyrics, my friends!

Get your coffee and follow the cut as we jump into the rest of the tracklisting…

02. BAND OF SKULLS — FRIENDS

I Know What I Am – Probably their most recognizable single. It’s kinda fun not knowing whether it’s going to be upbeat like I Know… or if it’s going to be a slower ballad. But I do love the title, “Friends” this can go so many ways. I really hope there’s a Jacob/Bella theme song and maybe this is it?

03. THOM YORKE — HEARING DAMAGE
Oh Thom… You’ll remember Thom from the Twilight Movie which featured his band Radiohead’s “15 Step,” which sadly, didn’t make it into the final Soundtrack that was sold but it is included in the movie. I’m not sure what you need to know about Thom other than he’s one of the most prolific, revered, critical and commercial darling of the last decade. To get him or anything from his band onto a soundtrack is a big licensing coup that I’m glad Alex and Chop Shop pulled off. His music can kinda go in any direction, I feel, so I’m going to post two sides of the Thom coin…


“The Hallow Earth” which will be on Thom Yorke’s new EP which coincidently is out today! Lots of loops, tech-ish sounds, and his unmistakable voice.


And on the flip side we’ve got the more melancholy side of Thom, this song is one of my most favorite’s called “All I Need” and it from Radiohead’s album “In Rainbows.” I have a feeling we’ll probably be getting more of the sad Thom since New Moon is all about the sads. Now enjoy this and let’s hug!

04. LYKKE LI — POSSIBILITY
A UC favorite! This Swedish gal plays sparse, pretty electronic-y type music. Her debut album, “Youth Novels” came out almost 2 years ago, so this should be interesting which way she goes with her music now…


Enjoy “Little Bit” and for extra credit: “Dance, Dance, Dance

05. THE KILLERS — A WHITE DEMON LOVE SONG
Well, I’m sure most of us know The Killers by now and if not, drop what you’re doing and get their first album “Hot Fuss” and then report back. As for the rest of their discography, meh. I don’t really care so much for their esoteric musings on whether we’re human or dancers… I just want to dance to their hot beats and don’t care so much for Mr. Flowers’ recent pontifications. Oh well, can’t have it all I suppose.


And just for KStew I’m picking this Killers song to embed: “Smile Like You Mean It”

06. ANYA MARINA — SATELLITE HEART
I actually first learned about Anya through Greys Anatomy which coincidentally (not so much!) is a show Alexandra Patsavas is the music supervisor for, and as a matter of fact Anya is on her label Chop Shop, so we can see the connection here. I really like the title of this song and wanna see if it has any connections to the film or characters


My fave Anya song called “Move You”

07. MUSE — I BELONG TO YOU (NEW MOON)
Ms. Meyer’s favorite band forever and ever. Dude if you don’t have their new album The Resistance RUN to your local (I said LOCAL) record store and get it, like yesterday! Like the Muse dudes told MTV, Chris Weitz asked them to cut a different version but for your litening pleasure here is “I Belong to You” the original version…


Extra credit, have your face rocked the ef off by their song Uprising. The roomie and I just rocked to this while getting ready to go out on Saturday night, oh memories.

08. BON IVER & ST. VINCENT — ROSYLN
This is one UC and I called way back in the day, ever since we became addicted to the aptle titled song and EP called Blood Bank that UC suggested for inclusion but since New Moon is hot sauce we will most defs take a new song from Mr. Vernon and like it very much, I’m sure.


Bloodbank! For you UC! and if you want to die (in the most awesome sense) listen to this a capella version of For Emma found by UC herself. Seriously it kills.

Now for St. Vincent – the fact that she plays in Sujan Stevens touring band makes me want to french kiss her or punch her cause I’m so jealous but we’ll save that for a different blog. So she was pretty much all anyone talked about on the music blogs/music magazines like a year ago… I can’t wait to hear her and Justin sing whatever this song may be…

09. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB — DONE ALL WRONG
BRMC holds a lot of memories for UC and I. See one of our music teachers loved them long time and so we heard about them quite frequently, so this is like seeing an old friend show up at that party where you know 1 person. I liken them to Kings of Leon in the fact that they’re an American band that is way more popular everywhere but here. All they need is their own “Sex on Fire” and they’ll break through.

I hope “Done All Wrong” is a song for Jacob after he’s wronged by Bella one too many times and he’s out riding his motorcycle. Hot. At least this is my imagined idea… imagine that and this song…


Spread Your Love

10. HURRICANE BELLS — MONSTERS
Ok now we’re into one of the artists/bands I know the least about and had to do some major digging as they have no videos on youtube or info from wiki, so good ol MySpace is where I found Hurricane Bells. And from the looks of things, if their MySpace is up to date, they are an unsigned band, though I’m sure that won’t be for long now that they’re on this soundtrack. Which just tickles me pink that an unsigned band ended up on a major soundtrack besides bringing us new music from artists we already like we are treated to a new artist that from the sounds of things is pretty interesting…

Since I can’t find anything to embed for you here, go to their MySpace and listen to their music… I liked “The Winters in New York,” “This Year” and “Tenterhooks” for it’s Explosions in the Sky quality…

11. SEA WOLF — THE VIOLET HOUR
I heart Sea Wolf and not just because he’s from LA and not because he rocked Sunset Junction a few years ago… ok maybe that’s why. So “The Violet Hour” maybe a reference to Twilight Hour?? Hmmm… And just because here’s my fave Sea Wolf Song: “You’re A Wolf” I know, good choice right! HA

12. OK GO — SHOOTING THE MOON
No don’t shoot me Ok Go! Just make another video of you guys doing that treadmill dance and we’ll call it even. I’ll always know them more for their “Get Over It” days and less for that treadmill song so here we go…

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13. GRIZZLY BEAR — SLOW LIFE
Indie darlings and cute boys from Brooklyn Grizzly Bear, so it wasn’t a complete shock to see them included on this soundtrack that is heavy with the sads (and probably plaids).


Their song “Shift” as recorded for the super cool LaBlogtheque which is where that stellar Bon Iver extra credit video also came from. Who doesn’t like a clarinet in a bathroom?

14. EDITORS — NO SOUND BUT THE WIND
Love these folks they’re so Joy Division meets Interpol meets rad! So this title “No Sound But The Wind” maybe a motorcycle riding scene… or maybe cliff diving? I know I’m being super literal but this is all we’ve got so far folks…

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The Editors – Munich

15. ALEXANDRE DESPLAT — NEW MOON (THE MEADOW)
And now we reach the other name I didn’t know on th tracklisting and with good reason he is the composer for the movie! But here’s good news he’s composed over 100 movie scores and has been nominated for an Oscar twice. He’s done stuff for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Golden Compass (you see how Hwood works now, dontcha?) among others so looks like we’re in good hands.


Why not end this with some Benjamin Buttons shiz?! “Growing Younger”

Well if you’ve made it this far, I personally want to give you a high five! And also ask you what the heck do you think? Anything stand out, anything you’re looking forward to especially? I gotta say I’m most looking forward to this Bon Iver/St. Vincent collabo… we shall see next month!

Off to the record shop!
Themoonisdown

PS (begin rant) Dear record labels such as Universal, Sony/EMI and others, you DON’T GET IT! Every time I would search for an OFFICIAL video from one of your artists and was greeted by “embedding disabled by request” I could feel my blood pressure rising. Way to not sell your artists and way to suck royally. Instead of embracing a medium that has already eclipsed you you try to remain in the dark ages. Instead we’re forced to use shitty, non official versions of the videos/songs. Good job. No Love, Moon (/end rant)

Join UC and me as we break down those recently released pics from the LA Times at LTR
Talk MORE about the soundtrack at the forum

Source for that awesome Thom/Bella image: Rollingstone! Thanks for having a sense of humor!

  • http://iheartrobward.blogspot.com jtwilightaddict

    Great breakdown! I am so excited for this soundtrack! I am in love with the new Muse album!!! Can’t wait to hear how they change up I belong to You.

    I also find it very interesting that the New Moon theme is named “The Meadow” considering the only meadow scene is where Laurent attacks Bella. For Twilight we had “Bella’s Lullaby” which was a more obvious tie in with the feel of the movie. I’m interested to hear the new compositions.

    • Marz

      Ditto on “I Belong to You”! It’s definitely my favourite track from The Resistance. Also… Being the nerd I am, I thought of Twilight when I first heard it…. I’m so ashamed! haha

  • KG

    Wow, can’t wait to get this soundtrack. I am so excited that BRMC is included. Ever since reading New Moon, I thought their song ‘Took out a Loan’ from the Baby 81 album would be awesome on the soundtrack. Didn’t realize they were all going to be orignal songs.

    58 days and counting until New Moon!

  • MidnightSin

    Almost done…..

  • TeamSeth

    Thanks for this Moon!
    What an incredible improvement to the Twilight soundtrack…and thank god.
    I loved the music in Benjamin Button, so I’m really looking forward to Alexandre Desplat’s work on New Moon.
    I think that Grizzly Bear’s song is going to be for when Bella’s all depressed in the beginning.
    Hurricane Bells is great! I had never heard of Sea Wolf, but I’m off to my local record shop (that’s all they have here in Portland) to buy me some.
    I’m really excited for New Moon from a cinematic perspective. Just its trailer is better than the entire Twilight movie. The soundtrack’s talent is giving me a lot of hope for the movie. Two more months! I may even go down to La Push, er, Cannon Beach, today to get even more into it. Throw some Sea Wolf on for the drive… that’s normal.

  • TeamSeth

    Random self-plug:
    I went hiking to Multnomah Falls yesterday and posted some pics on me and my sister’s blog, stuffwelike0607.wordpress.com. Go check out that set :)

  • MidnightSin

    FINALLY DONE!!! :( GREAT POST MOON….SHITZ NOW I HAVE TO READ ALL THE COMMENTS…….OMG!!! :(

  • NotWutheringHeights

    Colour me impressed Moon with the effort you put into this post. I confess to not having heard of most of the artists (OK, so I could potentially be put into the “too old for this shiz” category, but who cares!).

    I know I’ll love the soundtrack and movie alike. What’s not to love?

    And thanks for my daily education! ;)

  • AmyAlmost

    I love Sea Wolf. I love Grizzly Bear. Hooray for soundtrack exposure so more people can love them and then hopefully Grizzly Bear will do side-shows in Australia so I don’t have to get sunburnt and bitten by ants during their show.

  • meagaloo

    if you want a good emo-y song thats new moon 100% (it makes me think of jacob) listen to carry on by Bayside

  • Redfox816

    I totally liked the old composer. The one who made Bella’s lullaby and such. That was really well done, to me. But new stuff is always fun too. And being a movie composer expert, I nominate Michael Giacchino. He makes the most amazing music, EVER. You should IMDB him. You will have heard of the stuff he has done.

  • manderzz

    Since no one has said it yet, I LOVE ANYA MARINA. No one that I know has ever heard of her, but she is probably my favorite singer at the moment and holds about 10 of my iTunes top 25 most played. All of her songs are just so upbeat and stuff you can sing along to.

    I am seriously so excited for this soundtrack. It’s like they went through my music and just picked my favorites. :)

  • nooneyouknow

    Soundtrack seems good.

  • nooneyouknow

    Soundtrack seems good. Kinda trendy with the whole ‘indie’ angle. GREAT choice of BRMC, by the way, I’ve seen these guys 5 times live and they are soooo much better than Kings of Leon. Thom Yorke is a great choice as is The Editors. Those guys have been big in the UK for a couple years so I’m glad they are getting some recognition. Overall, I’m looking forward to getting my wife the soundtrack.

    • http://letterstotwilight.wordpress.com unintendedchoice

      WIFE!?????? are you a UNICORN!?

  • southernbelle

    I’ve never heard of these songs but I’m sure they’re good! Thanks for posting! :-)

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  • Alex

    I am kind of bummed….I like REALLY was dying to see a song by Lenka called ‘Trouble Is A Friend’ for the movie.

    The lyrics would have been perfect for a Bella/Jacob motorcycle seen! PERFECTION I tell ya…

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonjenn Moonjenn

    I am SO loving that BMRC song you embedded! I know it won’t be on the soundtrack, of course, but you are so right on the money about Jake and the motorcycle for “Spread Your Love”. Oh, the visions in my head…. ;)
    I added it to my playlist (or rather my fave picks from Stephenie’s playlists at her site). Mmm…

    • http://www.myspace.com/moonjenn Moonjenn

      Oops. I meant BRMC… damn typo.

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  • VitaminR

    Fucking great breakdown–thank you! I am so in the dark musically speaking these days but am trying to get back on track coming out of the haze of having two young children. This was incredibly eye opening and makes me really excited for this soundtrack and loving that they have chosen so many alternative types if you will. I think I will actually buy this soundtrack….maybe even pre-order.

    I am a long time lurker second time commentor. I love LTT and LTR–you constantly crack me up–thanks for all the laughs.

    • http://letterstotwilight.wordpress.com unintendedchoice

      you’re welcome!!!

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  • imloco2

    I’d really never heard of any of these guys, with the exception of Muse. Interesting names for the bands though. LOL THANK YOU SOOOO much for taking the time to do all this. I went through and listened to all of them and I think it’s going to be a kick ass soundtrack to go with a kick ass movie. (I’m really hearting Bon Iver)I probably wouldn’t have known anything about the bands without you so again, much love. :)

  • Krystle

    All I’ve read so far was the headline of today’s post – and the first thing I thought was “What??? I thought Michael Jackson died….what’s he doing leg hitches for?” lol ;-)

  • http://2sistersblog.com Anna

    This is a great post. Thanks for breaking down all the artists. I’m totally going to download some new stuff now. I’m am soooo stoked for this album coming out!!

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