Johnny Jewel Releases Lost River Soundtrack

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The soundtrack for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, is now available for purchase and streaming. The album, which was scored by Johnny Jewel, is made up of thirty seven tracks and features contributions by Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Desire, each of which are projects Jewel is a part of and also features vocals by Saoirse Ronan and Ben Mendelsohn.

Jewel began work on the soundtrack in 2013 and is releasing the album through his record label, Italians Do it Better, which he formed in 2006 with Mike Simonetti. The label originally started as a place to house Jewel’s early projects and has since went on to release two label compilations, After Dark and After Dark 2. Aside from this latest project, Jewel has worked on Drive, Bronson, and the television show, Those Who Kill.

Lost River, originally named How to Catch a Monster, was both written and produced by Gosling and revolves around a single mother who is “swept into a dark underworld while her son discovers an underwater town.” The film stars Eva Mendes, whom Gosling recently had a baby with, Christina Hendricks, Ian De Caestecker, and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith (who along with Mendes is also featured on the soundtrack) and had its U.S. premiere at SXSW earlier this month. The film hits theaters April 10th and has so far been met with mixed reviews.

Gosling has starred in several high profile films including Remember the Titans, The Notebook, Drive, Fracture, and The Ides of March and has won several awards for his work. In 2007, Gosling decided to venture into music and released a solo recording called “Put Me in the Car,” and later that year, formed the indie rock group Dead Man’s Bones with his friend Zach Shields. The group originally wanted to create a monster-themed musical, but decided that a band would be less expensive. 

The band released their self-titled debut album in 2009 to mixed reviews and did a thirteen date supporting tour. Their song, “Lose Your Soul” was featured in the closing credits in the French film, Age of Panic. While there is no set release date, Gosling stated in 2011 that he does intend to release a second Dead Man’s Bones album, that will be “very rock ‘n’ roll.”

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