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Soundtrack Details and Release Date Info for Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Revealed

Nicolas Winding Ref’s The Neon Demon is rumored to be heading to the Cannes Film Festival, which is great if you’re attending the festival! But lowly peasants like ourselves who can’t attend are must eagerly wait for any new info that comes to light. Enter Milan Records, who announced today that they’ll release THE NEON DEMON – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack both digitally and on CD June 24 and on vinyl July 8, 2016. The score marks the third collaborate between Refn and composer Cliff Martinez, who scored Refn’s Drive and Only God Forgives. In addition to Martinez, the soundtrack will include the original track “Waving Goodbye” performed by Sia, and two songs by Julian Winding (“Mine” performed by Sweet Tempest and “The Demon Dance”). The film follows an aspiring model, Jesse (played by Elle Fanning) who moves to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she does. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. Please, put this movie in front of my face ASAP. The full press release and track list for the soundtrack is below. The Neon Demon has no official release date yet, but the release states the film should be “available in theaters the summer of 2016 before making it available exclusively to Amazon Prime members”.

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Milan Records will release THE NEON DEMON – Original Motion Picture soundtrack both digitally and on CD June 24 and on vinyl July 8, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Cliff Martinez (DRIVE, TV’s THE KNICK), the original track “Waving Goodbye” performed by Sia, and two songs by Julian Winding (“Mine” performed by Sweet Tempest and “The Demon Dance”).  The film is the third collaboration between Martinez and director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES).

 

THE NEON DEMON is a story about an aspiring model, Jesse (played by Elle Fanning) who moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she does. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. This is the third Nicolas Winding Refn film Martinez has a part of, first with DRIVE and secondly with ONLY GOD FORGIVES marking it as another trifecta of perfection for the duo.

 

Perhaps it is because of his time in the punk scene that Cliff Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional.  His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990), THE LIMEY (2009) WONDERLAND (2003), WICKER PARK (2004), and DRIVE (2011). Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC), a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli’s A L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (DRIVE).

 

Still the drummer at heart, Martinez’s use of audio manipulations, particularly for percussive sounds, has been evolving through the years and is evident by the hammered dulcimer of KAFKA (1991), the gray-areas between sound design and score for TRAFFIC (2000), the steel drums and textures of SOLARIS (2002), what Martinez called ‘rhythmi-tizing pitched, ambient textures’ of NARC (2002), and ‘using percussion performances to trigger and shape the rhythmic and tonal characteristics of those ambient textures,’ as he described his score for 2011’s THE LINCOLN LAWYER.

 

Cliff Martinez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  He earned the prestigious Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement award from BMI in 2013. Martinez served as a juror for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and served on the International Feature nominating committee for 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Martinez’s recent films include Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE, and Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS (co-composed with Skrillex).  His second film with DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, earned Martinez a 2014 Robert Award (Danish Academy Award).  Martinez composes the music for the series THE KNICK, directed by Soderbergh.  His 2016 releases include THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, and WAR DOGS, directed by Todd Phillips.

 

Amazon Studios presents THE NEON DEMON, available in theaters the summer of 2016 before making it available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. Milan Records will release THE NEON DEMON – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack soundtrack both digitally and on CD June 24th and on vinyl July 8, 2016.

CD TRACKLIST:
01. Neon Demon
02. Mine – Sweet Tempest
03. The Demon Dance – Julian Winding
04 What Are You?
05. Don’t Forget Me When You’re Famous
06. Gold Paint Shoot
07. Take Off Your Shoes
08. Ruby At The Morgue
09. Jesse Sneaks Into Her Room
10. Real Lolita Rides Again
11. Messenger Walks Among Us
12. Runway
13. Take Her To Measurements
14. Who Wants Sour Milk
15. I Would Never Say You’re Fat
16. Thank God You’re Awake Remix
17. Kinky
 18. Ruby’s Close Up
19. Lipstick Drawing
20. Something’s In My Room
21. Are We Having A Party
22. Get Her Out Of Me
23. Waving Goodbye – Sia
VINYL TRACKLISTING:
SIDE A:
A1 Neon Demon
A2 Mine – Sweet Tempest
A3 The Demon Dance – Julian Winding
A4 What Are You?
A5 Don’t Forget Me When You’re Famous
A6 Gold Paint Shoot
A7 Take Off Your Shoes
SIDE C:
C1 Take Her To Measurements
C2 Who Wants Sour Milk
C3 I Would Never Say You’re Fat
C4 Thank God You’re Awake Remix
C5 Kinky
C6 Ruby’s Close Up
C7 Lipstick Drawing
SIDE B:
B1 Ruby At The Morgue
B2 Jesse Sneaks Into Her Room
B3 Real Lolita Rides Again
B4 Messenger Walks Among Us
B5 Runway
SIDE D:
D1 Something’s In My Room
D2 Are We Having A Party
D3 Get Her Out Of Me
D4 Waving Goodbye – Sia

 

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