It seems like an increasing trend for a musician to either score or form the soundtrack for a film. We’ve had Karen O and Where the Wild Things Are, Eddie Vedder and Into the Wild, Jonny Greenwood and There Will Be Blood, Trent Reznor and The Social Network and the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Chemical Brothers and Hanna; the list goes on and on. The latest to add to the category is Jonathan Segal‘s Norman.
It is easily the lowest profile of the bunch, but he was able to get Andrew Bird to come on board for a full original soundtrack in this teen drama that stars Dan Byrd (Cougar Town, Easy A), Emily VanCamp (Revenge, Everwood) and most notably Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Step Brothers) and Adam Goldberg (Dazed and Confused, Saving Private Ryan) in supporting roles. The first trailer actually hints at a personal, realistic look at teenage life, unlike much of the sugarcoating we see in various TV shows and bigger profile films. Check it out below via Apple.
We also have the song Hospital from Andrew Bird available to stream below and the tracklist via The Playlist.
Norman Soundtrack Tracklisting
1. Scotch And Milk
3. Arcs and Coulombs
6. Nice Hat / Exit Sign / Angelo Speaks
7. Medicine Chest
8. Kiss / Time and Space / Waterfall
9. You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son
10. Cancerboy Strikes Again / Monsterstream
11. Rabid Bits of Time
12. Build Up To the Fall
13. Epic Sigh / the Python Connection
15. Night Sky
16. Afterspeak / Things Come To a Head
Norman Long is a high school loner, a self-aware and darkly funny teen who’s just trying to handle his daily existence. In the wake of his mother’s sudden death, Norman must now also deal with the reality that his father is starting to lose his battle with stomach cancer. Norman, depressed and angry, unintentionally gets caught in a lie that he, in fact, has stomach cancer. Soon his complete distortion of the facts spirals out of control. Part coping mechanism, partially as a way to feel closer to his father, and to a certain degree to prepare others for his possible suicide, Norman begins to imitate his father’s debilitating physical symptoms, dramatically affecting his life and the world around him. Emily, a magnetic girl with one of those rare enchanting smiles, gets caught up in Norman’s fabrication and struggles with her deep rooted romantic feelings in the face of Norman’s “impending” death. Ultimately, Norman must confront a burning set of conflicting emotions as he struggles to define his relationship with his father, his love for Emily, and ultimately who he will be as a young man.
Norman hits theaters October 21st, 2011.
Are you an Andrew Bird fan? What do you think of the trailer?
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