Beach House’s distinct atmospheric music has always been exemplary at setting a scene and now it’s going to set literal scenes: The band has official recorded their first film score, for Netflix’s Along For The Ride, which premieres on the platform this Friday, May 6.
A trailer for the movie premiered in March and music heard in the background of it sounds like it could be from the band’s score:
“Originally, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a score, as there are so many needle drops in the movie. But whenever I discussed this with our music supervisors, Jessica Berndt and Jane Abernethy, I always included the caveat — ‘But if there is a score, it would have to be done by Beach House.’ Then Netflix sent us their ideas about whom the right composer might be, and completely independently of our discussions – they wanted Beach House, too! Our music supervisors reached out to Beach House’s manager, Jason Foster, whom I’ve known for a long time, and he sent us instrumental versions of three Beach House albums to use as temp score while we were working on the edit. Once we dropped their music in, it fit the aesthetic of the movie perfectly and beautifully heightened the emotions of the scenes.
I had a couple of initial conversations with Alex [Scally, Beach House guitarist] and Victoria [Legrand, vocalist/keyboardist] and immediately felt a kinship with them. We share many mutual friends and are all from Baltimore. We also discovered through talking about that city, that their best friend lives across the street from the house I grew up in. My husband, Adam Squires, also designed their website. So though we’d never met, it didn’t feel like a collaboration that was starting at zero.
I know they will have a long career as film composers and I couldn’t be more honored that Along For The Ride was their first stop on that journey. I’m personally hoping to work with them again, maybe on a thriller or horror with fewer or no needle drops — I’d be so excited to hear what they would compose to images with a totally blank sound as the starting point.
And because we are all from Balt — Go O’s!”
The publication notes the movie “tells the story of Auden (Emma Pasarow), who’s decided to spend her last summer before college in picturesque Colby Beach,” continuing, “While other teens party in the sun, loner Auden spends her time roaming the streets after everyone else is asleep. Everything changes when she meets Eli (Belmont Cameli), a charming and mysterious fellow insomniac. On their nightly adventures, Eli challenges Auden to a quest to live out all her childhood dreams. Their connection pushes them to confront why they’ve been content living life in the shadows as they begin to show each other how to live life to the fullest.”