Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has revealed two previously unheard tracks taken from the score he created for Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood.
The drama, which was released in 2017 and starred the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, was inspired by Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil! and tells the tale of a ruthless miner taking advantage of Southern California’s oil boom in the late 19th century.
Director Anderson, who is a big fan of the Radiohead, approached Greenwood for the There Will Be Blood score having been impressed by the guitarist’s previous work on 2003 film Bodysong. “I think it was about not necessarily just making period music, which very traditionally you would do,” Greenwood once said of the score he created for Anderson. “But because they were traditional orchestral sounds, I suppose that’s what we hoped was a little unsettling, even though you know all the sounds you’re hearing are coming from very old technology.
“You can just do things with the classical orchestra that do unsettle you, that are sort of slightly wrong, that have some kind of undercurrent that’s slightly sinister,” he added.
Greenwood’s menacing and sinister score earned him a Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Score Soundtrack Album” and ultimately and landed the award of “Special Artistic Contribution Award” at the Berlin Film Festival.
Now, Greenwood has dipped into the archives to reveal two previously unheard numbers: