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
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'
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.
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