Radiohead’s Thom Yorke confirms that he will be releasing his soundtrack on 26 October for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of 1977 cult Italian horror film Suspiria via XL Recordings, following the release of music teasers in two film trailers and the release of full single ‘Suspirium’. The track is now currently available to listen on Gigwise below, and is accompanied by a music video by Bristol-based animator and Lilly Allen collaborator Ruff Mercy. ‘Suspirium’ is classic, bare-bones Thom Yorke songwriting, recalling Radiohead’s ‘Daily Mail’ in its rawness and piano style.
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For this score, Yorke has chosen to record and produce alongside Sam Petts-Davies, who has previously worked with Radiohead on engineering duties. In keeping with the original film’s setting of 1970s Berlin, Yorke has very much got Bowie’s Berlin trilogy in mind here, using an atmospheric, ominous palette of Krautrock influenced modular synths, his distinctive vocals and melancholy piano.
Yorke’s songwriting is also embellished with the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, and ‘Suspirium’ features a flute solo from Russian classical musician Pasha Mansurov. That’s not to say that all of these tracks are instrumentals however - you can expect to find Yorke singing on more traditional songs like ‘Unmade’ and ‘Has Ended’ as well as the single ‘Suspirium’. His son Noah Yorke will be on drumming duties for ‘Has Ended’ and ‘Volk’
You’ll be able to find ‘Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) across all digital platforms. It’ll also be available to purchase in the form of a 2-LP gatefold package pink vinyl and 2-CD physical release. The track listings and further information about the soundtrack and film can be found here: