If you’ve ever listened to Sigur Rós, you know how cinematic and powerfully emotive their music can be. Director Cameron Crowe, who used some of the band’s music in 2001’s Vanilla Sky, tabbed frontman Jónsi for the soundtrack to his new film We Bought a Zoo (see the trailer below).
As NPR reports, Crowe played Sigur Rós for the cast and crew during filming before even approaching Jónsi to score the movie. The resulting soundtrack features original orchestration by Jónsi, a few tracks from his solo record Go, Sigur Rós’ “Hoppipolla” and two new songs.
One of those, “Gathering Stories,” was co-written by Crowe and is full of tympani rolls, crashing cymbals, soaring voices and everything that makes Jónsi’s music so wonderful:
The soundtrack is out December 13th and the film will be released December 23rd.
We Bought A Zoo Soundtrack track list:
- Why Not
- Jónsi – AEvin Endar
- Jónsi – Boy Lilikoi
- Jónsi – Sinking Friendships
- We Bought A Zoo
- Sigur Rós – Hoppipolla
- Jónsi – Go Do
- Whole Made of Pieces
- First Day
- Jónsi – Gathering Stories (co-written by Cameron Crowe)
We Bought a Zoo trailer: