While Death Cab and Annie Clark talk up their New Moon contributions, Thom Yorke has remained suspiciously mum. We can only assume he is a fan of vampires and of letting his music speak for itself. His “Hearing Damage” leaked this weekend, along with the rest of the OST, and as far as recent Thom solo recordings go (see “Horses“), it’s entirely accessible, with a swoon-worthy chorus over pulsing synths: “Your speakers are blowing/ Your ears are wrecking/ Your ears are damaged/ You wish you felt better/ You can do no wrong in my eyes.” Have a listen to that and more:

Thom Yorke – “Hearing Damage”

Bon Iver & St. Vincent – “Rosyln”

Grizzly Bear (Feat Victoria Legrand) – “Slow Life”

The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack is out 10/20 via Atlantic.

Comments (74)
  1. Surprised at the jam quotient from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Killers, etc. Nice little soundtrack.

  2. Tricia  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    Really great stuff. But I’ll admit I’m still baffled as to why so many great artists made new material for the Twilight saga, of all things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I could just think of better movies to contribute songs to.

    • chris  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

      I second that
      really great stuff!
      but why the twilight saga?

    • I’d imagine it has something to do with wanting to make a career out of this whole music thing through the cash money from the soundtrack as well as increased exposure. You’d have to be pretty masochistic to turn this down.

  3. I’ve gone as far as the Lykke Li song and I like it.

    Well, who knows maybe this movie won’t suck!


  4. @Tricia: $$$ + the most obsessive fanbase in 2009 pop culture = golden opportunity. The movie itself is immaterial.

  5. trapper  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    Slow Life with Victoria Legrand is fucking AMAZING. and I’m surprised how much I love the Bon Iver/St. Vincent track as well. Good stuff (only listened to the three you posted though)

  6. OMG, finally a Thom Yorke solo song that I like more than just ‘ok’.

  7. Sounds fairly decent. Needs more plays, except for the Editors song.

  8. TNshines  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    In an early report I read about the Thom Yorke song, its title was mistakenly spelled “Herring Damage”… that would have been a nice play on words. The song is still pretty good though, not quiet “Exit Music”, but still not too shabby in its own right.

  9. Sunshine  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    Looks like the songs are no longer available.

  10. Leo  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    How can such a shit-tastic movie pull together the best artists?

  11. There are rumors that Thom Yorke is set to appear in the movie as a hybrid wolf/vampire guy…he then destroys all that is Twilight. Praise be to Thom.

  12. anon  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    I love you, Thom Christ
    Thom Christ, I love you
    Yes, I do
    And on the lazy days
    The dogs dissolve and drain away
    The world it goes
    And always waits
    The day we are awaiting, for you to release another solo albuuuum.

  13. The GB track is one of my favorites from them ever. So haunting and gorgeous. Love the return to really full, lush production. That fuzz bass! And those “oooohs” in the 2nd verse. Out of control gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

    And the Thom Yorke track is just as gorgeous. So good to hear lyrics like that from him right now. Defintely better than anything he’s released solo lately, if ever. I love, love love love it.

  14. Tom  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    Great songs, but its going to be tough letting my hard earned dollar go to something made for a movie geared towards teens struggling with puberty (and the New Moon werewolves thought they had body hair problems…)

    • Simple solution: Download that s#!t from digital storage space. You get the great music without supporting the franchise.

      In this instance, just as with Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3″ on LiveNation’s label, I consider copyright infringement to be the principled course of action.

  15. This is actually really good. But I personally hate everything that has t do with twilight.
    So im changing the name of the soundtrack in my library to Munich or some badass movie like that so I look cool listening to it.

    • Shan2  |   Posted on Oct 13th, 2009 0

      Haha I totally agree. I hate Twilight with a passion, and it pains me to see so many talented artists hand their music over to this evil regime. Hopefully they makes loads of moolah from this to fund their future projects! Can’t wait to listen to The Killers’ “A White Demon Love Song’ in its entirety!

  16. Marvel  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    Vampires are the hottest shit right now and Thom knows it!!….Thom has produced an excellent soundscape for the Twilight saga..and it is MASSIVE. I am not a huge Twilight fan, but it is an obligatory, phenomenon and a helluva lot of young ears will be tuning into this. These works are gorgeous.

  17. grace  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    The thom yorke song is addicting!

  18. The Grizzly Bear song has their best chorus yet.

  19. Reminds me of the Crow soundtrack. However good or bad you thought the Crow was, it was a goth movie for teens with stuff like Thrill Kill Cult, The Cure, and the Femmes. Good to know middle schoolers have a decent sign post coming their way. Stop watching High School Musical and start pissing off your parents fer chrissake.

  20. Beach House and Grizzly Bear should permanently join forces and make kickass music for all eternity as Beach Bear.

  21. whatsinaname  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2009 0

    At least the crow was rated R. With that movie we got drug use, blood, plenty of cussing, some bad ass fight scenes. And it was based on a rather cool comic book. With twilight we get sparkly vampires. whose parents is that gonna piss off?

    • Beck  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

      It seems as though you haven’t read Breaking Dawn…NO WORRIES!
      There will be lots of blood, rough sex, fast cars, the use of morphine (even if its not for recreation…it still counts)…an epic fight to to defend or avenge what you hold dear…AND I HOPE ANOTHER KICK ASS SOUNDTRACK LIKE THIS ONE:) The crow was good…the twilight series is too…just give it a chance and a bit of time to piss of ma and pa…EH?

  22. pat  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    justin’s track is fucking gorgeous. thom is nuts, and grizzly bear is awesome. a huge win for all artists involved.

  23. CHM  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    dark was the night pt. 2?

    • CHM  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

      (with an even better cause — this time your money goes to hollywood shmucks and stephenie meyer!)

    • Hey! Where’s Sufjan? Maybe this is where “You are the Blood” was supposed to end up. Since, you know. It would make more sense in a vampire movie soundtrack about people that eat each other’s blood, than it does on a benefit album about a terminal blood disease.

      Also. Sufjan is awesome!

  24. Beck  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    I was so scared they would go all American Idol on us once these movies made it big.
    (No reason to fear it seems)
    For the record, we are not all tube top wearing, cherry lip gloss smacking, Emo hair cut loving, like…like…Oh My God fan girls!

  25. ThRobert  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    not one of u have seen this film so shut up……

    really annoying when one cant seperate a piece of artwork from all the fluff around it.

    i by no means am defending Twilight….but cmon, fight a real battle. there are far worse trends: hanna montana, etc.

  26. Zooey  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    I’m loving that Bon Iver and St. Vincent song, lovely.

  27. These are all fantastic. I would like a little more Annie in the St Vincent/Bon Iver track though… And Thom’s song is by far my favorite of his post-Eraser stuff.

  28. grumpire  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 -1

    grizzly bear: put the smokey voiced chick on vocals permanently and stick the 30 year old choir men on songwriting duties.

    or better yet, maybe i’ll just keep listening to beach house and ignore grizzly bear.

  29. chris  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    Is Hearing Damage like an ode to Pink Floyd’s Brain Damage? Just wondering.

  30. grizzly bear > anything and everything

  31. EdMorris  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    Hearing Damage is hypnotic… hear it on headphones very loud and you will start seeing things spinning around… Thom Yorke is fu*cking nuts! The tweens will get freaked out hearing that! great Depeche Mode meets Joy Division meets Autechre track. BTW, The Killers song is good too.

    • Serso  |   Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 0

      I totally agree with you on the hypnotizing thing when listening to this song on the headphones. For me it starts at about 20 seconds from the beginning when the lower distorted sound comes in. It makes me feel kinda dizzy but in a nice way. I took that part and looped it for 3 minutes. It’s like a constant high ;-)

  32. Nick Jonas (spy)  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    “Slow Life” is the best Twilight-related thing ever. Now where’s the Eclipse Soundtrack leak?

  33. r v  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    love how all these songs have the same vibe… except for muse and ok go.
    Surprised the Killers song is great and Who is Anya Marina… lovely song.
    Nice little mix here, a darker version of Garden State ost

  34. Yo  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    I have never seen Twilight, and have yet to see New Moon, but I know for a fact they are the worst films evar made. EVAR MADE!

    /Actually, I’ve seen Twilight and I’m anticipating New Moon.
    //I also love Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, etc.
    ///AC > GB

  35. _ k  |   Posted on Oct 12th, 2009 0

    I played all three tracks at the same time – the way they were intended.

    Hearing Damage wins.

  36. It makes me a little bit sad that so many good bands made music for this but i am still happy for them. Is it selfish that it upsets me that the kind of people who watch Twilight will now be listening to music I like? I guess it’s selfish and silly.

    • Shan2  |   Posted on Oct 13th, 2009 0

      But justified.

    • No, I think a lot of us are with you on that one. I’m happy for the artists because they are getting some much deserved publicity and money, but then again, sharing sucks. especially with people you don’t like.

    • for now we are young  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2009 0

      I’m a little embarrassed to say I totally agree! I hate that 11-year-old girls will be walking around singing good music and loving it just because they heard it in the twilight movies. I’m not going to deny that I’m a twilight fan but the movies just aren’t good enough to pull off the music!

  37. applescruff  |   Posted on Oct 13th, 2009 0

    sounds boring, unfortunately. could’ve been so much better considering the large swath of talent assembled here. most of these bands probably just sent in their throwaway stuff that wouldn’t have seen the light of day otherwise. i predict that the emo vampire kids will swoon over it, and probably sit in the dark, cry and cut themselves also.

  38. Ben  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 0

    Hearing Damage has a Joy Division feel to it and I love that. I was hoping Thom would contribute a shitty piece of music (something he IS capable of) but no, it had to be amazing!

  39. Ivan  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 0

    I’m not going to be an elitist pretentious twat and question why these artists wrote music for a soundtrack to a mainstream movie. Instead, I’m just glad to think that so many kids and Twilight fans are going to have a great opportunity to discover some fine artists that don’t always have a large following. Music is meant to be shared, not to be kept a secret.

  40. I was blown away by the Lykke Li track. Thom’s contribution pales in comparison to “All for the best”

  41. Kevin  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Thom’s track its great; Lykke Li is the one who pales in comparison!

  42. Kevin  |   Posted on Oct 15th, 2009 0

    Seriously though; Grizzly bear owns this soundtrack.

  43. I hate to be the one to have to tell you all this but being fan of anyone on this soundtrack is now officially considered selling out to the mainstream. As someone who’s never seen this movie [or the previous one], should I watch them before I continue with my hatred against a young adult-hood vampire romance movie? ? Tweens with Twilight posters on their walls are the new alt? ? WTF?! !

    • Could you please define “selling out” in your own words? I used to think one of the definitions of the term as it relates to music was compromising your artistic freedom in order to sell albums. To me it seems that the label that put this comp. together had to come to these bands hat in hand not the other way around. It is win win the band gains access to young kids and odd 30 year old Twilight fans and they get to play what they want how they want(unless you have proof they compromised their sound). As for your question about the movie it is what you would expect in a love story geared for tweens not a real cinema tour de force, to say the least.

      • Now that I’ve finally heard this soundtrack, I have to admit to it being one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in quite a while. I agree with you when you say that bands on this soundtrack are not necessarily sacrificing their artistic integrity but that’s beside the point. One could also argue that maybe they are selling this movie to us–the fans of the bands being featured on the Strk. This is 2009 and the music industry continues to hit new lows even while on it’s last dying breath.

  44. I never thought I’d say this, but it looks like I will own something relating to the Twilight franchise after all. The quality of the music makes up for any misgivings I had about it appearing in a movie marketed to tweens and the like.

  45. Drunk Jew  |   Posted on Oct 16th, 2009 0

    Thom loves any movie aimed at the Seventeen magazine demographic!

  46. This is possibly the best soundtrack since Garden State. ‘Hearing Damage’ is amazing. From a business perspective a spot on a Twilight soundtrack is about as close to a sure thing as there is. There is guaranteed exposure and its almost certain this thing will move a good number of units. A couple of these tracks could even be chart topping. But I am sure all of these artist would rather go back to playing clubs and sleeping in fans.

  47. Isak  |   Posted on Oct 17th, 2009 0

    I bought the soundtrack and I have no shame – I mean being a 20-something male who hates sappy teen movies, I can look past that (unlike others) – Grizzly Bear+Thom Yorke+ Black Rebel Motorcycle club+ Bon Iver/St.Vincent= Win

  48. Sanchan  |   Posted on Oct 19th, 2009 0

    I dislike when people use the phrase “selling out”….what the fridge does that even mean anymore? God forbid these overly-talented musicians find success. I don’t think being approached to do a song for a soundtrack is sellilng out. It’s not like they’re being offered (and accepting) roles in the movie.

    I think you’re just upset that this is a solid soundtrack for a franchise you aren’t a fan of.

  49. brandon  |   Posted on Oct 19th, 2009 0

    i care very little that this is the soundtrack to new moon. i thought it was a little gross that some studio exec. was trying to reel in indie crowds, but i was excited to hear that there would be new songs from artists that i love.

    with that said, i’m not sure how tweenies and the like will take to this. it has the twilight name, but that doesn’t mean they are going to suddenly appreciate grizzly bear and diligently listen to thom yorke’s “the eraser.” the songs are spacious, i would say.

    i guess it’s just because it’s not the same shit that the radio shoves down their fucking throats.

    There are some good cuts off this, especially, “Roslyn.”

  50. Listerners forget that artist need money to distribute their music, and this CD is a good example. People get mad because the second something gets popular they don?t want to listen. It?s not obscure enough. They feel like they?ve lost their identity when it?s something that everyone else listens to. Otherwise this music is solid, and I don’t care where it comes from.

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