"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Music from the Motion Picture

January 08. 2013 | By Bryan Wallace


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Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Beasts of the Southern Wild
[Thirty3 and a 3rd]

It’s a story of firsts. Beasts of the Southern Wild is the first film directed by Benh Zeitlin. Beasts of the Southern Wild is the first feature film scored by composer Dan Romer, co-composed by Zeitlin. Lastly, Beasts of the Southern Wild is the first record release on new music for film and vinyl release-only label Thirty3 and a 3rd.

The expedition of protagonist Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild is chronicled by a suitable and diverse score by Dan Romer and Zeitlin. The film’s setting of a cut-off bayou community is reminiscent of southern Louisiana, which paves the way for excellent music.

Romer and Zeitlin capture an authentic southern blues and folk sound on “Momma’s Song,” “Les Veuves de la Coulee,” and “La Danse de Mardi Gras.” The score undercoats the film’s themes and relatable feelings of adolescent optimism, fighting despair, the concept of home, and sacrificing for the ones we love. Our emotions are taken by the horns, as we’re tossed and turned by the guiding music narrative of Romer and Zeitlin, putting us in the white galoshes of six-year-old Hushpuppy.

Label Thirty3 and a 3rd is equally marvelous. Industry troupers Holly Adams, Mary Ramos, and Julie Yannatta have collaborated to release music on their own label, that is specifically for vinyl and special packaging of film scores. Their decision to take on Beasts of Southern Wild was surely a grand start to what will be a thriving label venture of Adams, Ramos, and Yannatta.

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