By Amy Jackson
The New Moon soundtrack really “sucks” [blood] and will leave ‘twihearts’ fangless- I mean breathless. It has the kind of haunting melodies dreams are made of. The harmony evades and veils the soul in the lace of immortality. When the music stops, you will be helpless to deny yourself another bite.
Royals of indie rock and folk have descended from their throne of obscurity. Most of the bands featured on the Twilight saga’s sophomore soundtrack are new comers. There are several familiar names like The Killers, Ok Go, and Twilight vets Muse. This time around there is no Paramore or soulful vocals from Robert Pattinson. Big names like Collective Soul and Linkin Park are also absent. Rumor has it that Robert Pattinson is writing songs. Perhaps, at least one will appear on the Eclipse soundtrack next summer.
The songs of the New Moon soundtrack are tributes to broken, healing, and untouched hearts. The vocals of Grizzly Bear featuring Victoria Legrand are opulent and wraithlike– invoking images of suspended voices. “White Demon Lover” by The Killers sounds a little like a Beatles and Keane remix with a slightly mad cool guitar solo. The film’s score “New Moon (The Meadow)” by Alexandre Desplat strokes and repaints the memories of the fragile devotion between Bella and Edward. “Possibility” by Lykke Li has breathy, childlike vocals which provides a catchy melody that sounds a little like chop sticks with a few ringing cymbals in the background. It makes one begin to ponder secret wishes of the heart and harbors in which to hide them.
The voice of Editors’ “No Sound but the Wind” is raw, gritty, anguished, and true. “No Sound but the Wind” brings Jacob Black’s fumbling young love for Bella to life. If the first soundtrack put you in a state of shock, New Moon’s soundtrack will mystify you. Among the fifteen songs, one is sure to find at least several favorites. Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” is hypnotic. It depicts the ending of love. The last haunting scene of the “Meet Me on the Equinox” video (Edward is about to reveal himself in the sunlight) leaves a lingering chord– it does not have to leave.
These songs stir the emotions. Never before have we been able to slip beneath the skin of Bella Swan. The pulsing music of the New Moon soundtrack provides exactly that– a window in the soul of a very melancholy girl. We can experience her fears, torment, and ecstasy. These songs are the frothy icing for Bella’s depressive cupcakes. They will leave you besotted.
The New Moon soundtrack hit stores on October 23. For a complete list of songs head over to www.stepheinemeyer.com. See you at midnight on November 19!