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Lost in Translation - OST


Review: Jack Foley

LISTENING to the carefully selected tracks which comprise this soundtrack, it's easy to tap into the lost and lonely nature of its central protagonists - as well as the beauty of the relationship which is subsequently formed.

Lost in Translation stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two strangers - one an actor, the other a lonely bride - who meet and explore the foreign world of Tokyo, while attempting to make sense of what their lives have become.

The film is another beautifully crafted, dream-like exploration from Sofia Coppola and, rather like her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (which had Air on the soundtrack), this is comprised of a lot of tracks from former My Bloody Valentine founder, Kevin Shields.

The ensuing tracks, especially from Shields, contain a melancholy vibe reserved for all of the best indie songwriters, so it is little wonder to find the presence of The Jesus and Mary Chain (Just Like Honey) and My Bloody Valentine (Sometimes) themselves, also cropping up.

Yet, just as the film remains tremendously affecting throughout, so, too, does the soundtrack, with a number of surreal, dream-like tracks mixed in with the grittier elements coming from Shields' guitar.

Death in Vegas supply the chilled out, almost lazy, Girls, from their brilliant Scorpio Rising soundtrack, while Squarepusher's Tommib is so beautiful it hurts, and expertly suited to the lingering shots of Tokyo and Johansson that Coppola punctuates her movie with.

Air, also, contribute a new track, called Alone in Tokyo, which is as serenely melancholic as one might expect, yet throughout, there is an uplifting feel to proceedings, which is translated well to the movie.

Rather like The Virgin Suicides, the soundtrack works hand in hand with the film itself, and is an essential companion to anyone who falls for Coppola's latest masterpiece.

Track listing:
1. Intro/Tokyo
2. City Girl - Kevin Shields
3. Fantino - Sebastian Tellier
4. Tommib - Squarepusher
5. Girls - Death In Vegas
6. Goodbye - Kevin Shields
7. Too Young - Phoenix
8. Kaze Wo Atsumete - Happy End
9. On The Subway - Brian Reitzell & Roger J Manning Jr
10. Ikebana - Kevin Shields
11. Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine
12. Alone In Kyoto - Air
13. Shibuya - Brian Reitzell & Roger J Manning Jr
14. Are You Awake? - Kevin Shields
15. Just Like Honey - The Jesus & Mary Chain

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