Published Feb 02, 2016While odds are it's going to be a little ways yet before feted New York indie faves the National issue their next album, members Aaron and Bryce Dessner will have some new music coursing through movie theatre speakers soon. The brotherly duo have contributed a score to forthcoming border patrol drama Transpecos.
Directed by Greg Kwedar, the film is set to premiere at this March's newly announced SXSW film program and stars Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna and Clifton Collins Jr.
The synopsis explains that the flick concerns three border patrol agent posted at a remote checkpoint, where "the contents of one car will change everything." What's said to follow is a "journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost."
The specifics are as yet unclear, but the Dessners are credited with providing the music to Transpecos.
UPDATE (8/10, 1 p.m. EDT): Dessners' soundtrack to Transpecos is now set to arrive on September 9 via Milan Records. The film itself hits theatres on September 9.
This isn't the only recent film venture for the National musicians. Bryce Dessner had his original music layered onto compositions from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto for Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle The Revenant.
In related news, National vocalist Matt Berninger told Exclaim! last fall that the band had been recording material in New York and California for a forthcoming album release. At the time, he'd said that about 30 songs had been worked on but did not hint as to when the record would be released.
You can learn more about film component of SXSW, which runs from March 11 to 19, over here.