​Edward Norton Gets New Thom Yorke Song "Daily Battles" for 'Motherless Brooklyn'

The track features horns by Flea and was also recorded by Wynton Marsalis

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Jul 29, 2019

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is reportedly contributing a new song called "Daily Battles" to Edward Norton's upcoming film Motherless Brooklyn.
The song started as a piano ballad that left Norton "sitting on the edge of my bed in the dark, crying from listening to this song."
As Rolling Stone reports, though, the track has morphed into a jazz instrumental for the purposes of the film. As it appears in the film, it's performed by Wynton Marsalis and features a horn arrangement by Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace bassist Flea.
"People don't really know this, but Flea went back to USC and got his masters on music theory on trumpet, and his dad was a jazz musician and he is a deep aficionado of jazz," Norton told the publication. "So Flea came in and played the most beautiful, simple lines that add that dimension. And then Thom took some of them and reversed them and put them through compressors so that it's playing backward and forward at the same time. It's really beautiful."
Both Yorke and Marsalis' versions will apparently be released as a split 7-inch single.
Motherless Brooklyn tells the story of a 1950s New York detective struggling with Tourette's. It was written, directed by and stars Norton, and is expected to arrive in theatres this November.

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