The third in a series of remastered Nick Cave and Warren Ellis film soundtracks, ‘The Road’ will be released on vinyl for the first time on 2nd August by Mute / BMG.
The Road saw Cave and Ellis returning to work with John Hillcoat, director of 2005’s ‘The Proposition’ - their first film soundtrack. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the 2009 film follows a father and son travelling across an America destroyed by an unknown cataclysm. The menace of cannibal gangs prompts disturbing dissonance, pained strings and frenetic heartbeats, while the bond between father and son and the loss of their wife and mother is masterfully echoed in delicate, sorrowful but ultimately sustaining lyrical melodies.
Speaking on the soundtrack’s original release Nick Cave explained:
“The movie is about the loss of things, the absence of things, the lack of things. The lack of the wife/mother is present in every frame of the film. The delicate edifice of the film holds the ache of her absence, tenderly and by the tips of the fingers. The music was composed as a direct response to the film. A light, haunting, simple score with a sense of absence and loss at its heart.”
The film starred Viggo Mortensen leading an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.