THOM YORKE/FLEA SONG COMING SOON

For the "Motherless Brooklyn" soundtrack.

July 30, 2019
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Thom Yorke's bff Edward Norton directs and stars in the movie, and the song is called "Daily Battles."  Norton told Rolling Stone it started as a piano ballad.  Thom "sent me this track of him on a piano singing it and I was sitting on the edge of my bed in the dark, crying from listening to this song.” As heard in the film, it’s been transformed into a ’50s jazz instrumental arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis — the idea was to render it as something Norton’s character could encounter Miles Davis performing at a jazz club in 1957. In turn, Yorke’s official recording features horn arrangement by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Yorke’s one-time bandmate in Atoms For Peace.

Norton continued, “People don’t really know this, but Flea went back to USC and got his masters on music theory on trumpet, and his dad was a jazz musician and he is a deep aficionado of jazz. So Flea came in and played the most beautiful, simple lines that add that dimension. And then Thom took some of them and reversed them and put them through compressors so that it’s playing backward and forward at the same time. It’s really beautiful.” 

"Motherless Brooklyn" will be released November 1st.