Due out through Bella Union, the collection is “grounded in strings and piano, plus guitar, electronics, musical saw, glockenspiel and bowed vibraphone, and the occasional use of bass and drums, creating a paradoxical sense of beauty and unease,” according to a statement. Its overall tone mirrors that of the Polly Steele-directed film, described as “a story about mothers and daughters; about loss and mistrust; about the ramifications of a World War II crime; about secrets, trauma and lingering ghosts.”
“I read it, and then Helga’s [Schneider] memoir [on which the film is based], and I was completely hooked,” Selway notes. “The script had so much depth, and tackled very powerful subjects. Polly and Lizzy wanted their film to stay true to Helga’s past, and to allow me the creative freedom to realize the emotional complexity of her story.”
Among the 14 tracks are 11 instrumentals. There are also three ballads featuring lyrics by Selway; one of those is the haunting title track, which can be heard in full below.
The Let Me Go soundtrack arrives September 15th on digital formats to coincide with the movie’s release. Physical copies become available October 27th.
Of course, Selway isn’t the only member of Radiohead lending his talents to the silver screen. Frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood are also scoring films; Yorke is composing his debut score for a remake of the horror cult classic Suspiria. Meanwhile, Greenwood is attached to both Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and the forthcoming film You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Let Me Go OST Artwork:
Let Me Go OST Tracklist:
01. Helga’s Theme
02. Wide Open
08. Last Act
09. Let Me Go
10. Days and Nights
11. Don’t Go Now
12. Let Me Go Rhodes
14. Helga Saw