Friday, January 10, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack: Jose Gonzalez's "Step Out"

Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Me either. But I plan on it, now that I've spent the last week absolutely consumed by the outstanding soundtrack.

Curated by indie singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez, the soundtrack is one of those amazingly eclectic collections - a mixed bowl of feel-good songs and covers - that's dabbling in the same league as Garden State, Wicker Park and Lost in Translation's soundtracks.

Alongside spins by Bahamas, Junip (Gonzalez's side project), Of Monsters and Men and Rogue Wave, it's Jose Gonzalez's powerful solo track, "Step Out" - which was penned by the great Ryan Adams - that steals the compilation off the bat. The expansive anthem, which balances Gonzalez's graceful voice, the boom of the orchestra and a children's choir, is both lyrically and melodically moving - mimicking what I can only imagine is the tone of the whole dreamer's drama.

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