The Scoreboard: ‘None of Them Are You’ Carter Burwell – Anomalisa (2015)

What’s in a film soundtrack? Sometimes it’s so bland you barely notice it, sometimes it’s so forced in your face you can’t help notice it, but then sometimes it’s that perfect accompaniment that takes the cinematic experience to a special place.

There’s those special cosy moods when you’re walking home from the cinema with that one tune in your head reliving the story you’ve just been lost to the world in for the past two hours; it’s a very warm feeling. This new feature The Scoreboard is here to celebrate those moments, and to begin with I’ve picked a quite unique entry…

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa was such a wonderful piece of work. It is a love story in a very bitter-sweet sense. It’s a perfect snapshot of that fresh, enflamed feeling at the beginning of a relationship accompanied with that niggling feeling of anxiety and sometimes doubt.

It’s a very mesmerising experience and so when the curtains go down and the credits role to this simple lounge tune. composed by the great Carter Burwell and sang by Tom Noonan the voice of ‘everyone else’, I found myself transfixed.

There’s something about the simple, dream-like melody accompanied by the imperfectness of Noonan’s voice that just fits so perfectly with the film. It’s has a certain uneasy nostalgia to it, that speaks for all the highs and lows I am sure we have all felt in our love lives…


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