Monday, November 4, 2013

Music Monday: Inside Llewyn Davis

So here's a treat for Monday.  NPR is streaming the soundtrack for "Inside Llewyn Davis" - the upcoming Cohen brothers film.  The movie focuses on fictional folk-singer Llewyn Davis, played by Oscar Isaac, emerging in the Greenwich music scene in the 1960's.  Like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this Cohen creation has a soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett.  The album is a compilation of classic and new folk songs mostly performed by Oscar Isaac, but also featuring the talent of Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands, and a host of others.

The soundtrack as a whole is just delightful!  But here are a few stand outs:

"Fare thee well (Dink's Song) - Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford.  A few lines into this song, my eyes actually welled with tears.  It's just an intensely sweet song and this duet is fantastic - easily my favorite from the album.  Also, with the announcement of their break, this may be the last "new Mumford" we get for a while.  But seriously, these two should cover something or do a whole album together or something.  If for some reason, the streaming doesn't work for you, here's their cover on YouTube:

"The Last thing on My Mind" - Stark Sand.  Plain ol' lovely folk music

"Five Hundred Miles" - Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sand (all three staring in the film).  Lovely song - no, not The Proclaimers' "500 Miles."  This offers some lovely harmonies, the first song of JT's I've actually liked, and [oh my word!] Carey Mulligan's sweet voice!  "Mr. & Mrs. Mumford" need to be a thing at some point.

"The Auld Triangle" - Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher.  A great folk a capella that includes Mumford and JT - I think they just checked every box in one song.

Farewell - "a previously unreleased recording" of Bob Dylan's "Farewell."  Love Bob Dylan; love this song!

Check out the soundtrack and let me know which were your favorites :)

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