M83 To Score “Oblivion”
Well, it’s about time, I’d say. After album upon album of grand, cinematic music, French electronic-rock band M83 is finally signing on to do an official score for a film. The film in question? Oblivion staring Tom Cruise.
Oblivion, which is set to begin filming soon, will be helmed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. Rolling Stone revealed that Anthony Gonzales (mastermind behind M83) has signed on to score the Sci-Fi film.
The film is scheduled to hit the big-screen on April 26, 2013. Set in the future, the world has been destroyed on its surface beyond recognition and now all living (and robotic) things live in the clouds above it. Jak, a drone repairman played by Tom Cruise, finds a crashed pod with a mysterious woman inside of it. According to the synopsis, this sets off a chain of events that involves evil robots called Scavengers that are dead-set on destroying the humans.
Turning back to the film’s music composer, it’s an exciting day to be a fan of M83. The band has built a following based on its sweeping, gorgeous, electronic-based pop music. Every album (but especially Saturdays = Youth and Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming) sounds like they were constructed to soundtrack glacial-moving cinematic shots. Filmmakers haven’t been deaf to this, as numerous skate and surf films have incorporated the classic M83 sound into their soundtracks. One of the greatest examples of this was in Kai Neville’s game-changing surf film Modern Collective. Even if you don’t surf, the M83 section is amazing enough to check out.
It’s unclear if Gonzales will be incorporating vocals into the score or if he’ll be keeping it entirely instrumental, but there is one thing we all know for sure; it’s going to be epic. Even if Tom Cruise and Kosinski make an awful film, the world will still get a sky-reaching M83 album. Cheers to that.