09 December 2010

The Tempest

Across the Universe/Frida director Julie Taymor's movie version of the Shakespeare play The Tempest hits USA cinema's December 10, and the movie's digital soundtrack album, from composer Elliot Goldenthal, is out now via Zarathustra Music.

The soundtrack features contributions from the Secret Machines' Benjamin Curtis and Helmet's Page Hamilton, and final track 'Prospera's Coda' is a long, sprawling orchestral work with a haunted vocal from Portishead singer Beth Gibbons.

Across the Universe pleasantly surprised me - enough that I did get the soundtrack. Yes, the original Beatles songs will always be better, but I enjoyed his film as the musical it was. So it's not just that fact that grabs me about The Tempest - it was also the mention Beth Gibbons that grabbed me. I've been a Portishead fan for years.

And, to top it all off, you can stream the entire Tempest soundtrack, including Gibbons' appearance, at Goldenthal's Facebook page! Take a listen here

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