Soundtrack Scene: Pitch Perfect Animals

The end-of-semester rush + Cannes Film Festival happenings + soundtrack releases/news + a weeklong vacation = getting behind on blog updates 😦 And I’m writing my thesis over the next few months, too…

But I’m here now, so let’s get down to business:


The soundtrack for the drama Animals, which won the Special Jury Award at last year’s SXSW Film Festival “for courage in storytelling” in a narrative feature, hit digital platforms on May 12. The score, penned by Ian Hultquist, brings to mind the mellow side of alternative music. The soundtrack also includes the original ballad “Hard to Say,” performed by Barky & Speaker, and tunes from The Pentagons, Wedding Dress, and Gay Panic. The physical equivalent of the Animal soundtrack album hits stores on Aug. 14.

Looking at Oscar, “Hard to Say” may lack the exposure necessary for the nomination, even if it’s eligible. Then again, Paris 36 happened, so who knows?

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Additionally, Pitch Perfect 2 made history over the weekend by topping the box office and becoming the biggest U.S. opening for a debut director. Granted, the film is, as its name suggests, the sequel to a very popular film whose unique blend of music and comedy is rarely seen in contemporary film. Still, that debut director just happens to be Elizabeth Banks, who also stars in the film.

Pitch Perfect 2 includes the original song “Flashlight.” Characters in the film perform the ballad, written by two-time Golden Globe nominee Sia, Sam Smith, Christian Guzman, and Jason Moore. Jessie J performs a version of the song as well.

The popularity of the series gives “Flashlight” lots of exposure. But potential contenders like “See You Again” from Furious 7 and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” and “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey have become massive hits in their own right. Also, while members of the motion-picture academy’s music branch may appreciate Pitch Perfect 2 for being a musical franchise (of sorts), it’s hardly in Oscar’s wheelhouse.

I’ll update the blog with individual pages for both “Hard to Say” and “Flashlight” soon. In the meantime, check out the original song category as it stands now!


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