Every movie’s got a soundtrack- and in many cases, the quality of the soundtrack dictates the strength of the moods in the movie (see Garden State or pretty much any horror movie for proof). If I were writing a movie, here are ten bands that I wouldn’t hesitate to put on the soundtrack.
- Ringer T – Ringer T’s alt-country/folk/pop would start out the movie. A humble, yet proud sound, they say a lot without many tricks. Solid, straightforward beautiful intro music.
- Avenue – Avenue’s instrumental rock is upbeat and playful- perfect for setting up the main character. Maybe the main character is riding a bike.
- Amateur Photography- Adventurous, pulsing, trip-hop influenced indie-rock that would be great for a montage scene that shows the adventure starting.
- Marc with a C- Rollicking, joyful pop that would serve great as the intro to a funny scene. Definitely playing on a radio in the background- perhaps in an open-topped car or something.
- Lo-Fi Audio- For spaces between scenes, leading in and out, there’s nothing better than the eerie, dark, cold sound of Lo-Fi Audio’s programmed creations.
- Project Nothing – A chase scene, definitely. Project Nothing’s manic breakbeat-centric techno creations are simply perfect to fit in a chase between the good guys and the bad guys.
- Immanu-el- Dreamy, wide-eyed, ethereal indie rock reminiscent of Sigur Ros but more personable, Immanu-el’s epic contribution would fit nicely in a scene where the main character discovers something deep and profound about life.
- Jettie- Heartbreaking, lush indie that feeds off sorrow. For the sad part of the movie where the guy and girl find out that there’s something that stops them from being together.
- Brandon Carter- Brandon Carter’s fragile voice, introspective moods, and minimalist approach translates beautifully into another introspective bit.
- The New Amsterdams- These guys cultivate a very specific mood with their songs- each has an air of finality that makes them perfect for ‘end of the movie’ songs. Like the one that plays when the optimistic ending rolls into the credits.