Published Oct 30, 2012Petra Haden has contributed violin and/or vocals to a host of mega-famous acts like the Decemberists, Green Day, Beck and Foo Fighters, and now the sought-after musician has signed with Anti-. The label will release her latest solo album, Petra Goes to the Movies, on January 22.
As the title implies, the collection features Haden covering some well-known movie scores. These are performed largely a cappella, utilizing layers of vocals, making this similar in style to her 2005 album Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out. Guests include pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Bill Frisell.
Haden's version of "Psycho Main Title" (drawn from the Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho) is streaming below. As you'd hope from such a project, it sounds both quirky and impressively true to the spirit of the original.
"The idea of interpreting music with my voice started when I was little," Haden said in a statement. "I would hear music around the house and mimic the instruments with my voice. And I love movies but my favourite thing about them has always been the soundtracks. When people hear this record I want them to feel what I felt when I first saw the film, even if they've never seen it."
She added that Atticus Ross said that her version of "Hand Covers Blue" (from Ross's The Social Network score with Trent Reznor) was "fucking amazing."
Check out the tracklist below.
Petra Goes to the Movies:
1. "Rebel Without a Cause Main Title" (Rebel Without a Cause)
2. "God's Lonely Man" (Taxi Driver)
3. "Cool Hand Luke Main Title" (Cool Hand Luke)
4. "Cinema Paradiso" (Cinema Paradiso)
5. "A Fistful of Dollars Theme" (A Fistful of Dollars)
6. "Psycho Main Title" (Psycho)
7. "Goldfinger Main Title" (Goldfinger)
8. "Carlotta's Galop" (8 1/2)
9. "It Might Be You" (Tootsie)
10. "The Planet Krypton" (Superman)
11. "Superman Theme" (Superman)
12. "My Bodyguard" (My Bodyguard)
13. "Pascal's Waltz" (Big Night)
14. "Calling You" (Bagdad Cafe)
15. "Hand Covers Bruise" (The Social Network)
16. "This Is Not America" (The Falcon and the Snowman)