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Members of Manchester Orchestra share ‘Montage’ from the Swiss Army Man soundtrack

Swiss Army Man (yeah, that movie where Daniel Radcliffe is dead and Paul Dano uses his corpse as, amongst other things, a jet ski) is being released on July 1st. The soundtrack to the movie was composed by Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Robert McDowell and is being released the week before (June 24th) but you can get your first taste right now.

There’s a lyric video (possibly the most surreal lyric video ever) for a snippet of the track here.

And you can hear ‘Montage’ in all it’s surprising beauty here.
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“Last January, I received an email from our good friends, the directing duo Daniels. We had met and fallen in love while working together on our music video for “Simple Math” (the one where they throw me out of a car). They asked if I was interested in writing some songs for a full length feature they had been working on. I was obviously thrilled at the opportunity and so they sent me the script,” explains Andy.

“It was the craziest story I had ever read and I knew that only these two insanely talented individuals could pull off something this ambitious. I immediately wrote and recorded a song with Robert and sent it to them. I guess we did something right because that was when this 13-month-process of scoring our first movie began. There was also one other thing we had to keep in mind: The Daniels didn’t want any real instruments in the movie. Only voices. The idea was that Paul and Daniel’s character would create their own score in their minds. Duh! Anyways, we had to write a lot of the material before the movie was shot so that the actors could sing along while filming.

“After the movie was shot, we did traditional scoring at our studio, where we watched the footage and added music (voices). Nearly a year after we began working on the movie, we flew to LA to record the final vocals from the actors to really make it sound like this score is taking place inside of a crazy dudes mind. It was and is surreal. The end result is at times really trippy and lonely. There are also songs that have over 100 voices singing and sound outside of anything I thought we would be able to create. What we aimed for was something really beautiful that can evoke emotions without having to always use lyrics or any traditional instrumentation. It’s an up and down journey that parallels the travels and conversations of these two characters. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of our lives. It really pushed and stretched us to think outside of the box and outside of our comfort zone.

“I’m thrilled that we finally get to share it.”

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