Maybe with just one first trailer for the film’s release, it’s too early to say it’s a heavenly wedding—but this writer goes there anyway. LCD sound system first song in five years, “New Body Rhumba”, will appear on the soundtrack of the long-awaited film by Noah Baumbach White noise, Variety reports. The song will be released later in 2022, and while the movie doesn’t have an official release date, a presumably similar timeline holds.
LCD Soundsystem, long the lifeblood of Brooklyn’s dance-rock scene, hasn’t released an album since 2017 American dream, which earned the group their first Grammy. Prior to this, LCD Soundsystem disbanded in 2011, performing a farewell concert at Madison Square Garden chronicled in the 2012 documentary Shut up and play the hits. Last year the band relaunched their Brooklyn Steel residency with 20 planned shows – the last ones were canceled due to the thrust of the Omicron variant.
At the other end of the pairing: White noise, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s darkly comedic social commentary, stars Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver. The film follows a college professor and his family as they navigate both literally and metaphysically through an inexplicable “toxic airborne event.” The atonal, ambient nature of LCD Soundsystem’s entire body of work sounds like the soundtrack to a Baumbach disaster movie if ever there was one, plus a legendary musician and composer. Danny Elfman contributes to the score.
The collaboration between LCD Soundsystem and Baumbach is also a big draw for recognition at this year’s Oscars. Randy Newman’s work in Baumbach’s 2019 film Marriage story picked up a nomination for Best Original Score, and Baumbach looks set to prove it’s no fluke. If the power of LCD Soundsystem’s first song in half a decade can combine with the wildly wonderful energy of Elfman’s 2022 Coachella Positiondistinctions can only be a matter of time.