Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”

Agnés Varda’s second feature film (Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961) opens starkly, sans any musical overture, with an overhead shot of a tarot reading taking place. Two women are heard discussing the cards. A young woman, the eponymous Cléo (Corinne Marchand), chooses nine tarot cards—three to indicate the past, three for the present, three for… Read More Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”

Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 33 1/3 book available for preorder

I received a pretty exciting present from Bloomsbury… My very first book, dedicated to one of my favourite soundtracks and composers, will be out February 9th. From the book’s blurb:  How did a unique collaborative process between a director and composer result in a perfectly post-modern soundtrack that ran the gamut of musical styles from… Read More Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 33 1/3 book available for preorder

Kiss Forever in a Darkness: The Music of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”

[Blue Velvet] was the song that sparked the movie! —David Lynch Blue velvet, red lips, sprawling, manicured neighborhood lawns; the transgressions that go on behind the closed doors of ostensibly squeaky-clean American suburbia; the mysterious melancholy behind a pop song written in the early 1950s: these were the things that inspired David Lynch to write… Read More Kiss Forever in a Darkness: The Music of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”

Recent piece for MUBI:The Sound of Strange(r) Things

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the… Read More Recent piece for MUBI:The Sound of Strange(r) Things