THE BESNARD LAKES came to Mark Ruffalo one night over his headphones during a flu-induced fever dream, and “Because Tonight” gave him a welcomed chill. “It was a perfect piece of music. It has longing and hope and melancholy; a love story gone well and then badly and then lived out…I could see whole films in their songs.”
Ruffalo then snatched up all the music from The Besnard Lakes that he could find and asked them to score his new film and directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious. The film stars both Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom and follows a paralyzed DJ named Delicious’s attempts at healing.
“Sympathy For Delicious is a Magic and Agnostic Rock and Roll Revival, and I wanted a score to the film that felt questioning and cinematic. The Besnard Lakes is a perfect match to what we have been trying to achieve with the movie; something rough and not overproduced, not devoid of guts, full of humanity and messy around the edges. Their music is not just a clutch of songs but a cinematic experience that evolves dramatically and carries poetry in the tidy complexity of it’s parts. I am very proud to have them. They bring a living, breathing and vibrant quality to the existing story that is rare to find in film scores.”
Early in 2010 Jagjaguwar will release the follow-up to the Polaris Prize-nominated The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse. Check out their east coast dates for a preview of the new music:
10/2/09: Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
10/3/09: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge w/Acrylics + Cinnamon Band