Beloved French director Claire Denis once said, “What I like best is to smoke cigarettes and listen to music. A perfect day for me is a day with coffee, cigarettes, and music, to quote Jim Jarmusch.” And when you think of the iconic New York director, with his signature stunning white coiffure, the beauty of his films exist in the lingering moments of everyday life–like the simple pleasure of a strong cup of coffee and a fresh cigarette.
For over three decades now, Jarmsuch has been making films—as well as writing music and poetry—that live in a world entirely of his creation. Focused on mood and idiosyncratic characters, his movies tell us intricate stories through fractured vignettes that display his fantastic ear for pairing music with bodies. And this time around, for his latest—and quite possibly one of his best—new feature Only Lovers Left Alive, he’s not only constructed a brilliant handful of songs that croon over the film, but has create the original soundtrack himself.
Along his band SQÜRL, and friend Jozef Van Wissem, Jarmusch has imbued the film with a sensual and haunted essence that hypnotically brings you into the story and bites down hard. And today, you can listen to the song “The Taste of Blood”—which features the film’s amalgamation of dark melodic sounds with a Middle Eastern flair. Earlier in the fall we referred to Only Lovers Left Alive as an…”absolutely delicious and cool baby cool tale of bloodsucking, undead love. A playful and nocturnal examination of modernity’s foibles through the RayBan covered eyes of those who’ve lived through its beauty and its horror. Scored to perfection and directed with the touch of a man who knows how to make a story feel like a jazz riff, the film is as if the Nick Cave scene in Wings of Desire made friend’s with Mick Jagger in Performance to create your new favorite onscreen romance from Swinton and Hiddleston.”
Take a listen for yourself and peruse the soundtrack listing below.
ALL SONGS IN ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
“Funnel Of Love” – Wanda Jackson
“Harissa” – Kasbah Rockers
“Caprice No. 5 in A Minor” – Charles Yang
“Gamil” – Y.A.S.
“Can’t Hardly Stand It” – Charlie Feathers
“Trapped By A Thing Called Love” – Denise LaSalle
“Soul Dracula” – Hot Blood
“Under Skin Or By Name” – White Hills
“Red Eyes And Tears” – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Little Village” – Bill Laswell
“Hal” – Yasmine Hamdan
OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK LISTEING
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