This week brings the NYC premiere of the new Jim Jarmusch film, Only Lovers Left Alive, wherein the legendary indie director of downtown dingy cool takes on a currently crowded mainstream theme: vampires. But you just know he has his own take on it. From the somewhat detached mood and theme of this fine film—that the true artists are all dying away, and American arts culture is crumbling like so many ghostly Detroit ruin porn backlots (where much of the film takes place)—it’s doubtful that Jarmusch even knows that vampire flicks have been a thing. It’s a ruminative, speculative, dreamy kind of time travel account; non-violent (save a few brief moments) for its genre; and all drawn along like blood slowly draining from a corpse by a gorgeously dissonant soundtrack featuring Jarmusch’s band, SQÜRL, Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmine Hamdan, and guest appearances by Zola Jesus and Madeline Follin from Cults.
I personally dug details in the flick like the Charlie Feathers nod and the cool records (Dirtbombs, Delta 72) lying around the vampire’s lair. But you can play your own trash rock “Where’s Waldo” when you go see Only Lovers Left Alive which opens nationally soon.
For now, mix up a thick Bloody Mary, lay back, and get those corpuscles rolling with the original soundtrack, which CMJ is premiering today in advance of its official April 8 release date. And per the vintage preferences of the film’s lead characters, the soundtrack will be available on double 180 gram blood red vinyl (with download code), in addition to CD and download, via ATP Recordings.
Tracklist For Only Lovers Left Alive:
01. Streets Of Detroit – SQÜRL
02. Funnel Of Love – SQÜRL (featuring Madeline Follin)
03. Sola Gratia (Part 1) – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
04. The Taste Of Blood – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
05. Diamond Star – SQÜRL
06. Please Feel Free To Piss In The Garden – SQÜRL
07. Spooky Action At A Distance – SQÜRL
08. Streets Of Tangier – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
09. In Templum Dei – Jozef Van Wissem (featuring Zola Jesus)
10. Sola Gratia (Part 2) – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
11. Our Hearts Condemn Us – Jozef Van Wissem
12. Hal – Yasmine Hamdan
13. Only Lovers Left Alive – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
14. This Is Your Wilderness – Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL