I have this weird tic. Certain sounds make me cry. Like the too-loud roar of a Harley, a plane engine up close…that kind of thing. Other times it can be certain notes of a song. I’ve never studied music or music theory, but I believe they are minor-key songs that occasionally cause the same reaction. I feel a sharp ache in my chest, and I cry. Any armchair psychiatrists out there are welcome to explain this phenomena to me, because I can’t figure it out.
So. After all that purging, I have a song for you. It’s the latest by Dhani Harrison’s band thenewno2 called Never Too Late from the film Beautiful Creatures. Dhani’s familiar voice combined with the slow build-up to the sweeping orchestral crescendo brought me to tears.
A supernatural love story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.
As young Dhani Harrison tagged along with his father George, Abbey Road Studios became a constant presence in his life. But although Harrison has long been familiar with the legendary studio, he had never recorded there. So when his group thenewno2 were tapped to score Beautiful Creatures, Harrison and bandmates Paul Hicks and Jonathan Sadoff ventured to Abbey Road for an experience full of firsts.
“I spent my whole life in and out of Abbey Road. Paul really spent a lot of his life there, 12 years mixing and engineering,” Harrison tells Rolling Stone. “Recording at Abbey Road was emotional: My first time recording there, my first time hearing something we composed for an orchestra of that size and my first major Hollywood film soundtrack.” But Harrison didn’t let the weight of the experience damper his creative vision, tapping guests like Ben Harper, the Duke Spirit’s Leila Moss and Paul’s father Tony (of the Hollies) for the project while staging grandiose arrangements. “I was able to put a 54-piece orchestra in Studio 2, which is really weird,” he said. “It’s where my dad spent a lot of his formative years, as well as Paul’s dad, who recorded in Studio 1.”
The Beautiful Creatures soundtrack is out February 12th. Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.
What do you guys think? I don’t expect you to be tear-stained like I am…but it’s beautiful and haunting, isn’t it?