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!
Issac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for best original song in 1972, and the update from the 1971 original film and its 2000 reboot features a deft mix of honouring that musical heritage while also branching out. Rakim’s 1997 track “Guess Who’s Back” offers an on-the-nose introduction to the proceedings.
Imagine there had been no Beatles except for one person. It isn’t hard to do after watching this trailer for Yesterday, positing protagonist Jack as the sole memory bearer of Lennon-McCartney and co.’s catalogue. The renditions are faithfully reproduced, and cast in fresh social contexts, it becomes clear just how hardy the Beatles canon is.
Not to be outdone by Academy favourites A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, here comes an Elton John biopic of a similar flavour. In this trailer we bear witness to the creative process and a decidedly stage-side point of view, with various edits of his 70s hits “Your Song”, “Bennie and the Jets,” and of course “Tiny Dancer” leading the way. Note the clever editing around the piano chords in “Bennie,” in particular.
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!