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Patti Smith, Beck, T Bone Burnett on Alfonso Cuarón’s new ‘Roma’ album

/ 10:46 PM January 24, 2019
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“Music Inspired by the Film Roma” is curated by the film’s Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón and features musicians from across the globe.

Not to be confused with the soundtrack for his new critically-acclaimed film, which released in December 2018, the “Inspired By” album consists of all new recordings.

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Co-produced by the Oscar-nominated film’s music supervisor, Lynn Fainchtein, and Randall Poster, it features an eclectic list of big names such as Patti Smith, Beck, EL-P, DJ Shadow, Laura Marling, T Bone Burnett, Billie Eilish and Jessie Reyez.

An advance track, Beck’s “Tarantula”, a reworking of an 1982 song by the group Colourbox, was released today. It features a 24-piece orchestra led by Beck’s renowned arranger father, David Campbell.

Cuarón’s 16-year-old daughter, Bu Cuarón, is behind the electro-pop “PSYCHO”, while Patti Smith contributes a new version of her 1996 song “Wing”.

Mary Hopkins’ 1968 hit “Those Were the Days”, which appears in the film’s soundtrack in an easy-listening version by American bandleader Ray Conniff, gets a new rendition by British folk singer Laura Marling, making it the only song to grace both “Roma” albums.

Other featured artists include UNKLE, Sonido Gallo Negro, Quique Rangel, Asaf Avidan and France’s Ibeyi.

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” is now available to stream via Netflix. “Music Inspired by the Film Roma” is set for a Feb. 8 release. JB

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