Soundtrack Scene: Shaun the Good Diary of Absolutely Anything

So, this post is a little overdue. With all the recent festival and acquisition/release news – not to mention the speculation about (and bets placed on) who will perform the theme song for Spectre – hogging the conversation pre-awards season, it seems several possible original-song contenders slipped past me.

First, we have “Absolutely Anything and Anything at All” from Absolutely Anything. The fun little pop track performed by Kylie Minogue hit digital outlets on Aug. 7. Open Road Film is in charge of U.S. distribution, according to IMDb, but no release date has been set, as far as I can tell. Either way, if a decent campaign failed to get Taylor Swift’s poppy “Sweeter than Fiction” from One Chance (2013) a nomination…

Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl features two new compositions from the writer-director’s brother, Nate, that bookend the soundtrack, which you can check out above. “Dreamsong” is a lilting song about love and dreaming, while “Run to the Mountain” captures a sound reminiscent of a Babel-era Mumford and Sons – if the band were a little softer. Diary hit select locations on Aug. 7, and should expand across the U.S. soon.

Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur may boast a new track called “2 Billion Years Later” from Adam Young, perhaps better known as Owl City, according to IMDb. It could very well be an end-credits tune, like Young’s own “When Can I See You Again” from Wreck It Ralph (2012). Take this “update” with a grain of salt – IMDb also listed an Owl City number for Minions some time ago, and that didn’t happen.

Finally, Shaun the Sheep Movie features a breezy, Beach Boys-esque tune called “Feels Like Summer,” performed by Tim Wheeler, Ilan Eshkeri and Nick Hodgson. Aardman Animation’s film, distributed in the States by Lionsgate, missed the weekend top 10, but reviews should at least keep in the conversation for an animated-feature bid. Still, the film may be too under-the-radar for the music branch to pay attention.

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