In This Month in Trailer Music, the team at Canada-based research project Trailaurality takes a look at the musical highlights of the past month’s film and TV trailer drops. Be sure to also check out the detailed breakdowns on their website!
Over in the documentary department, The King, directed by Eugene Jarecki, opines on a complicated view of the legacy of Elvis Presley and his music, especially as it relates to contemporary issues of race in modern-day America. Musically, it’s notable that this documentary – ostensibly about Elvis – does not in fact include any of his recordings, perhaps for legal reasons. Instead, Big Mama Thornton’s original 1953 recording of “Hound Dog” features; Elvis is clearly being used here as a jumping-off point for a broader discussion of how life in the United States is not too easily painted one way or another.
It almost wouldn’t be October without another instalment of Halloween; the eleventh film in the four-decade-strong series hits this fall. John Carpenter’s piano theme is as pervasive as ever, grabbing our ears at about the 1:50 mark, which this time seems to be as reflective of Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) resolve to rid herself of Michael Myers (Nick Castle) once and for all in this soft sequel/reboot.
The clear recent highlight in the world of trailer music, however, must be given to Bohemian Rhapsody, another musical biopic that focuses more squarely on the life and times of Freddie Mercury. In this teaser trailer teleased back in May, Queen hits “Another One Bits the Dust,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” and of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody” not only follow in close succession, but are mashed up, with the rhythm and beats of one track underpinning the melody of another. It’s a true tour de force in à la carte recomposition and editing tailored to the trailer.
These are just a few of what we felt were the most interesting and / or attention-grabbing trailers released in the past month or so, especially in terms of their music and sound. Have a suggestion on what we should look at next time? Follow us @trailaurality and visit our weekly blog at trailaurality.com for even more analysis and discussion. See you next month!