September 22, 2009

MTV's Quick Guide to New Moon Soundtrack Artists

Lykke Li

MTV shares a bit of background about the lesser-known artists featured on the New Moon soundtrack:

Band of Skulls ("Friends"): This White Stripes-by-way-of-Radiohead English trio formed in 2008 and released the blues-rocking Baby Darling Doll Face Honey in March. They played at this summer's Lollapalooza festival and feature the alternating vocals of bassist Emma Richardson and guitarist Russell Mardsen.

Lykke Li ("Possibility"): Another veteran of Lollapalooza 2009, the Swedish answer to Lady Gaga has gained a legion of fans (among them MTV's own Kurt Loder) for the intensely rhythmic and hypnotic dance music on her debut, Youth Novels.

Anya Marina ("Satellite Heart"): The San Diego-based singer/songwriter, sometime actress ("100 Girls") and radio DJ released her second album of playfully sexy pop tunes, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II in January. Her songs have been featured "The Real World," "Gossip Girl," "Grey's Anatomy" and "How I Met Your Mother."

Bon Iver & St. Vincent ("Rosyln"): He's sensitive folkie Justin Vernon, whose For Emma, Forever Ago was recorded under the name Bon Iver in a remote cabin in Wisconsin in 2007 and became a blog sensation in 2008. She's Annie Clark, a member of the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' touring band who performs as the St. Vincent. Her second album, Actor, was released in May and featured orchestrated pop songs she said were potential fodder for film scores.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ("Done All Wrong"): This L.A.-based psychedelic garage rock act — named after Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in 1953's "The Wild One" — have been thrashing around since 1998 and have released five albums of twisty, heady rock.

Hurricane Bells ("Monsters"): A side project from Longwave singer/guitarist Steve Schiltz, this unsigned band will release its debut next year. The mellow, country-tinged songs on the Bells' MySpace page promise some seriously introspective, rainy-day pop gems.

Sea Wolf ("The Violet Hour"): The now-main project from former Irving member Alex Church, this California act got its start when Church's tunes didn't fit into Irving's more 1960s inspired psychedelic pop sound. As a result, Church broke off and pursued an Americana-inspired orchestral country-pop sound on albums such as this year's White Water, White Bloom.

Grizzly Bear ("Slow Life"): The beloved Brooklyn indie-rock band known for mixing folk with electronic instruments released one of this year's most acclaimed albums in May, Veckatimest. Their mix of acoustic guitars, chamber pop, electronic bloops and gorgeous melodies have earned them major blog props.

Editors ("No Sound But the Wind"): England's Editors emerged out of the dark rock sound of bands like Interpol and their inspiration, Joy Division, earning a string of overseas hits with alluring tunes like "Bullets" and "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors."

Alexandre Desplat ("New Moon (The Meadow)"): The French composer has scored more than 100 films and TV shows since 1985. He's best known for his Golden Globe-nominated score to "Girl with a Pearl Earring," as well as contemplative soundtracks to "Hostage," "Syriana," "The Painted Veil" and "The Queen," which earned his first Oscar nomination.

Read the rest at MTV!


  1. Cool- Thanks for the insight for all of us who are older or a little musically challenged- like me:))

  2. As soon as I saw one of them compared to Lady Gaga I felt queasy. I'm sure the songs will be good, but still ...that was scarier than Felix. I actually got into the whole book series because it felt special and just beautiful. ...Two words I would never use to describe Lady Gaga. I HOPE that comparison is to her is NOT very accurate.

  3. Im excited for this soundtrack. In Twilight we got a mysterious mix that left us feeling what Bella was feeling, 'somthing isnt quite right, here.' The New moon soundtrack offers a different story, a different feel. I dont think it's all about depression, it's about holding onto that hope that your one true love will return. It's desperation tinged with longing. Im so excited!!!

  4. I'm soooo glad Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Lykke Li, Muse, Bon Iver, and Grizzly Bear are all on the soundtrack! They're all amazing :D

  5. This is such a fantastic soundtrack! Lykke Li does an amazing mash up of a Kings of Leon song, and Bon Iver is to die for!

  6. CANNOT WAIT FOR THE BON IVER SONG! Oh god, I hope it's beautiful... I know it will be, it's Bon Iver!


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