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!
Godzilla vs. Kong
While the last go-around with Godzilla resulted in some particularly inventive music in trailers, such as Alloy Tracks’ take on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Imagine Music’s orchestration of “Clair de Lune”, this trailer brings things unabashedly back to basics, subbing in the aforementioned sublimity for the rap/rock of Chris Classic’s “Here We Go”. Due in March on HBO Max and in theatres, at least in some places and countries, it’s the quintessential summer blockbuster come early for all of us in dire need of an escape.
The inevitable lockdown movie is here—complete with unimaginative title. However, the trailer reveals that this is truly a heist flick in lockdown clothing. “Shaky Ground” by Freedom Fry (2017) captures the ennui of pandemic life with lyrics like “nobody wants to live alone”. There’s comedy: the toilet paper shortage doesn’t escape a one-liner. Come the half-way point, however, a remix of Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good” subverts expectations, and suddenly by the two-minute mark we’re at near-epic intensity. The novelty of a lockdown film might draw you in, but the heist angle and music keep you there.
Coming 2 America
Fake-outs are a bit of a theme this month, as can be heard in the trailer for this follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy original. Solemn choir, subtle strings, and stately percussion give way to the first hint of a shift in tone on the line “oh hell no, your majesty”, followed by the rollicking “Feel Right” by Mark Ronson (feat. Mystikal), a 2015 track taking after James Brown. The tone fits to a tee—“feel right” is right.
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.
We offer these observations in the hope that our readers can find some distraction in this turbulent time through music and movies. Perhaps the music of the trailers we have reviewed will lead you on a virtual journey of discovery into its sources, which could open further worlds of sound to you. See you next month!