It has been announced that Jonny Greenwood, lead guitarist of Radiohead and accomplished composer, will be releasing an album of the music he’s recorded for the new Princess Diana biopic, Spencer.
Spencer is the latest film from the mind of director Pablo Larraín. It stars Kristen Stewart as Diana and The Riot Club’s Jack Farthing as Charles. The film is Jonny Greenwood’s latest musical project and will mark his ninth film score.
It follows a lengthy stint in which Greenwood collaborated with Paul Thomas Anderson on films like There Will Be Blood, The Phantom Thread, and Inherent Vice. Greenwood also produced the phenomenal score for Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here.
The soundtrack will be released as an independent album via Mercury KX. However, a release date is yet to be announced. The film has its worldwide premiere tonight at The Venice International Film Festival and will be released in the US on November 5th.
In a recent interview, Greenwood discussed how the score came together: “I suggested we get a baroque orchestra in, so I wrote music in that regular royal style, with kettle drums, trumpets, harpsichords and pipe organs. Then, while they were playing, we substituted the orchestra with free jazz players. They could play those instruments, but we had it mutate into a free jazz performance.”
Greenwood has always been vocal about the sheer number of talented musicians in the UK, and this project seems to have only reinforced his admiration in that regard. He described how “the jazz players were just amazing. The trumpet player, Byron Wallen, blew my mind. That said, at first they were too restricted by the chords. It was like they were trying to improvise to the theme from Antiques Roadshow. The key was to still sound vaguely baroque, while leaving enough space for true anarchy and chaos.”
Elsewhere, Greenwood is continuing to run his label, Octatonic, and has even started a new band in lockdown, The Smile, alongside Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke.