Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi will compose the score of a new TV series. The Icelandic rocker and artist Alex Somers have been recruited to create a soundtrack for Manhattan, a drama focusing on the 1940s race to build an atomic bomb.
This is the first small screen project for Jonsi, who previously served as composer for Cameron Crowe's 2011 film We Bought a Zoo, a score which Somers produced.
Jonsi and Somers have been collaborating since 2003, and are best known for their side project Riceboy Sleeps.
Cameron Crowe has had his share of music experience. You might recall the semi-autobiographical adventures of a young Rolling Stone reporter in the Crowe's signature film, Almost Famous. Others might remember a very stereo-centric scene in Crowe's first feature, Say Anything.... And, of course, there were the music videos and the documentaries: Tom Petty, Alice in Chains, Elton John, Pearl Jam... it's fair to say that Crowe knows his way around a tune. So, it's both unsurprising and pretty darn groovy that he has come to collaborating with Sigur Rós' frontman Jónsi on some original music for the upcoming We Bought a Zoo.
Crowe and Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) co-wrote "Gathering Stories," the final song on We Bought a Zoo's soundtrack, and coming from a fan of Crowe, Jónsi, Sigur Rós, stories, gatherings, soundtracks, original music, zoos, financial transactions, and this symbol: Þ, I can objectively state that this song is pretty darn groovy. Unsurprisingly.
The musical Crowe-laboration is available free thanks to NPR. You can listen to it on NPR's website by clicking here. We Bought a Zoo opens Dec. 23 and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, and Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit.