Thursday, April 12, 2012
Summertime, and the Living isn't Quite Easy
Critics were kinder to her Pete Yorn duet album, Break Up, but the lack of any real excitement garnered made the soon-to-be Avenger distance herself from the music side of her career. Why "Relator" wasn't a huge smash hit I honestly have no idea. The music industry is so fickle with stuff like that just used to make me so dispirited. At least with movies you can more or less figure out why one movie is a success or not. "Relator" specifically should have had the folky types with their Deschanel spirit die of giddiness. Alas...
I bring all of this up because Johansson's musical nature is back in a rather unexpected way. The cover of Gershwin's "Summertime" that she recorded back in 2006 for the compilation album Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars has been given the remix treatment by Tim Goldsworthy and Massive Attack's 3D for an upcoming Spanish movie soundtrack. Titled Days of Grace, the soundtrack will also feature music from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Atticus Ross and Shigeru Umebayashi. Hitfix has the entire tracklisting and it's very long (39 tracks in all), but little word about the actual film it's from.
Personally, I love it. Scarlett's vocals so suit this style of deeply atmospheric smoky jazz bar sound and the production here is super top notch. The song is stripped of all its sunniness which has been replaced by a brooding bass line that recalls Human League's "Being Boiled" (aka one of the greatest songs ever recorded, yes) and distorted guitars that echo shoegaze and grunge. It's basically incredible, but what do you think?