According to UK music mag NME, macabre alt-rocker Nick Cave will be releasing the soundtrack to John Hillcoat's highly anticipated post-apocalypse film The Road early next year. Cave had previously collaborated with longtime Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis on Hillcoat's previous film, the gritty western The Proposition (which Cave also co-wrote), and the same musical team came together to score the eagerly-awaited adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's ultra-grim cult novel. More details await below the fold...
According to NME online, Cave composed the music as "a direct response to the film,” in which Viggo Mortensen plays a survivor of a global holocaust traveling cross-country with his young son. He describes it as "[a] light, haunting, simple score with a sense of absence and loss at its heart."
"The movie is about the loss of things, the absence of things, the lack of things,” Cave explains. “The lack of the wife/mother is present in every frame... the film holds the ache of her absence, tenderly and by the tips of the fingers.”
Cave and Ellis also recently collaborated on the musical accompaniment for the interactive audio adaptation of Cave's serial killer/road-trip novel The Death of Bunny Munro, which was released as an iPhone app in September. Cave described the audio book as “somewhere between a film soundtrack, a radio play and an hallucination."