Thumbsucker

Thumbsucker

by The Polyphonic Spree
     
 

The soundtrack to Mike Mills' debut film, Thumbsucker, was apparently an exercise in doubt and devotion. Elliott Smith had been asked to score the film as well as contribute a cover version or two for the film's original score. After Smith's death, Mills, deep in the editing process, was thrown into the depths: he lost a close friend as well as a collaborator.See more details below

Overview

The soundtrack to Mike Mills' debut film, Thumbsucker, was apparently an exercise in doubt and devotion. Elliott Smith had been asked to score the film as well as contribute a cover version or two for the film's original score. After Smith's death, Mills, deep in the editing process, was thrown into the depths: he lost a close friend as well as a collaborator. He kept the music Smith had written for Thumbsucker ("Basement on a Hill" and "Let's Get Lost") as well as the two covers he recorded (Big Star's "Thirteen" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble"). He hooked up with Tim DeLaughter and various members of his Polyphonic Spree, who composed and recorded an original score. The Spree's large, nearly chanted chorus vocals, which never stray far from the gentle pop psychedelic musical soundscapes, complement the film perfectly and add to its endearingly wonderful narrative, but also make a powerful emotional statement on their own as an album. From the orchestral orgiastic march of "The Crash," which serves as an intro, and the ballads like "Scream & Shout" and the haunting "The Green Lights," to the gloriously happy bombast of "Debate Montage" (which references DeLaughter's earlier band, Tripping Daisy) and the sweetly, innocently romantic "Skinny Dip," Polyphonic Spree encapsulates the sometimes mawkish, sometimes bewildered, yet always wide-eyed wonder of life in the process of being lived. That it so perfectly mirrors the film's protagonist, Justin, is a small miracle. That the music creates a feeling apart from celluloid and seems to create images from the ether is a triumph. And it should be added that Smith's songs add immeasurably to the overall feel and considerable depth of the score. For fans of DeLaughter and Polyphonic Spree, this will come as a welcome addition to their catalog. For those encountering the band through the movie, this score will be a treasure and perhaps even a revelation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616254221
catalogNumber:
162542
Rank:
253319

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Polyphonic Spree   Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Toy Piano,Alarm Clock
Mark Pirro   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Bryan Wakeland   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Drums
Michael Musick   Vocals
Michael A. Turner   Vocals
John Congleton   Electric Guitar
Evan Hisey   Vocals
Audrey Easley   Flute
Logan Keese   Trumpet
James Reimer   Trombone
Julie Doyle   Vocals
Jennifer Jobe   Vocals
Jessica Jordan   Vocals
Jennie Kelley   Vocals
Kelly Repka   Vocals
Rick Nelson   Strings
Louis Schwadron   French Horn
Matt Bricker   Trumpet
Apostala Wilson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alex Chilton   Composer
Tim DeLaughter   Composer
Mike Mills   Liner Notes,Artwork,Cover Design
Mark Pirro   Engineer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Elliott Smith   Composer
George Geurin   Mastering
Dave Willingham   Engineer
John Congleton   Producer
Polyphonic Spree   Composer

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