Pretty simple: songs which could fit into a certain directors work.
Arthur Russell-Being It = Harmony Korine
This song is both bleak and beautiful, distorted yet poetic. Would fit perfectly in an outdoors scene following a group of lonely misfits.
Karen Dalton-Something on your mind = Wes Anderson
Perhaps controversial, some might say that Anderson doesn’t deserve a song of this beauty but he’s proved capable of perfectly integrating 60’s folk songs into his work at emotional peaks. He might even throw a bit of slo-mo in for this one! But seriously, a beautiful song for people who might not even like folk muisc that much. Dalton’s vocals are effortlessly heartbreaking, and the guitar is rusty and melancholic.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- Rosa Vertov = Leos Carax
Hip, dark and urgent, this track by the 80’s chanteusse would be perfect for one of Leos Carax’s earlier films. I could just imagine Denis Lavant breaking into a feverish, explosive dance along the streets of Paris to this.
Mark McGuire- A matter of time =Michael Mann
Mann specialises in moody, neon lit cityscapes, and I think this track would be a great backdrop for one of those scenes. This is by the Emerald’s guitarist Mark McGuire and it’s hypnotic and beautiful. Just imagine a tortured cop looking out across a rooftop onto an indigo sky, with his playing in the background.
Beat Happening-Our Secret =Terry Malick
Yeah, it probably wouldn’t fit into any of his films, but this always reminds a lot of Badlands. Firstly, it’s really gorgeous and has a rural feel to it, and secondly, it talks about two young lovers fleeing from their parents. Sound familiar?
Buffy Saint Marie- God is alive, magic is afoot = Nic Roeg
Buffy Saint Marie’s earlier music is trippy and magical, so fits right in with Nic Roeg’s hallucinatory visuals. This particularly song is carried by lullaby guitar plucking and woozy reverberating vocals. Spooky.
Broadcast- You and me in time = Jaromil Jires
Broadcast were noted fans of ‘Valerie and her week of wonders’, so this selection is cheating a bit. Keenan’s soft cooing and the delicate, dreamlike xylophone notes instantly finding kinship with the childlike, pastoral wonder of Jires’ film.
Dirty Beaches- True Blue/Lord Knows Best = Wong Kar Wai
Dirty Beaches is a noted cinephile and this is clearly, CLEARLY influenced by Wong Kar Wai’s movies. Could see either of these songs set to a ballroom dance scene, ill fated lovers having their last dance together. Sad and sultry.