Boyhood: Music From The Motion Picture
I haven’t – yet – seen Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood. But it sounds good, sounds like it’s worth a look anyway. Shot over 12 years it tells the story of one boy’s childhood, the same actor in that role, growing old with time, the film set aside most of each year, a little bit of filming for a few days annually since 2002.
And so the film’s soundtrack somewhat reflects that with zeitgeist-like moments reflected with ‘big’ songs like Coldplay’s Yellow, Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, Flaming Lips’ Do You Realize?? and Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know. You might well be sick of those songs but all good compilation-fodder, likely to mean a bit more too when you’ve seen the film I suppose.
But there are some real treats here also – as much as names like Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire and Black Keys might seem like hipster namechecking the selections are wonderful. Particularly Yo La Tengo’s I’ll Be Around.
Add in a bit of Cat Power, some Macca (Wings’ Band On The Run) and Dylan (Beyond The Horizon) and you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the soundtrack to a new Cameron Crowe film.
Chuck in some Wilco, the perfect Hate It Here. And the big sell might be that the album kicks off with Tweedy’s latest folly, a project with his son that takes the family name as band moniker. Tweedy’s song Summer Noon might be your reason for checking out this soundtrack. And fair enough too. It’s no instant classic but it hints that Jeff Tweedy is keen to go back to songwriting as a focus. That can’t be a bad thing. I can’t wait to hear these songs – yes, even the Coldplay, Hives and Arcade Fire in the context of the film. Meanwhile this is a very easy afternoon fix, soundtrack for a good car trip too I should think.