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Johnny Jewel Announces Album “HOLLY” (OST) due October 13th via Italians Do It Better & Shares New Single “The Witch” + EU Tour Dates This Autumn

September 17, 2023

Announces Holly Original Motion Picture Soundtrack also featuring Desire
Out Oct 13th via Italians Do It Better

Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Desire, Glass Candy) has created the original motion picture soundtrack for the highly anticipated Fien Troch-directed new film Holly, which will come out October 13th via Italians Do It Better. The score also features Desire and is Johnny Jewel’s tenth solo album of experimental film music, following on from critically acclaimed works WindsweptDigital RainHome (OST), Lost River (OST). Today the first single from the Holly soundtrack “The Witch” is streaming online. 

As well as this, Johnny Jewel is set to embark on a special live tour throughout Europe in October and November, performing 60 minutes of cinematic bliss from his music for films. 

Nominated for the Venice Film Festival and opening the Ghent Film Festival, Holly follows the story of a 15-year-old girl who calls her school to say she is staying home for the day. Soon after, a fire breaks out at the school, killing several students. With everyone touched by the tragedy, the community comes together, trying to heal. Anna, a teacher, intrigued by Holly and her strange premonition, invites her to join the volunteering group she runs. Holly’s presence seems to bring peace of mind, warmth, and hope to those she encounters. But soon, people begin to seek out Holly and her cathartic energy, demanding more and more from the young girl.

On the soundtrack, Johnny Jewel said “I used music to usher in the unseen elements of Holly’s story. Underscoring the supernatural overtones of the film, I studied the wind in her hair, counted the plumes of smoke billowing from the burning high school, & stared into the howling forest swaying in the distance. The looming musical foreshadowing mirrors her gifts. As Holly’s character slowly unravels, the score begins to warp as it’s stretched to an ominously slow crawl.

Throughout the film, vague hues overlap seamlessly like clouds constantly morphing. As the audience, we project meanings to the shapes that emerge from the chaos in what appear to be patterns. It’s abstract enough to be unrecognisable, yet it’s somehow familiar. Inspired by the masters of mood like Goblin’s blood curdling chimes for Dario Argento, Tangerine Dream’s spiraling synthesis for William Friedkin, & John Carpenter’s hyper-minimalist approach to scoring his own films with Alan Howarth, I explored a genre-based language to trigger the audience’s subconscious. Metallic synthesizers, celeste bells, mellotron flutes & detuned music boxes haunt the recurring musical motif. Like an inevitable storm rolling in, the soundtrack is eerily elusive & at times, almost formless. At other times, the music is crystal clear & so sharply in focus you could reach out & touch it.”

On the collaboration, writer and director of Holly Fien Troch added “I’ve always been drawn to Johnny’s music, as it is reckless & physical. His music is an emotional roller coaster. Every time I see scenes of my film with Johnny’s music on, everything I’ve done & worked for is lifted to another level. When you work with Johnny, you don’t just get the score for your film. It’s like finally finding that missing element to make the story complete. It makes the film whole & gives it its own identity.”

This emotional resonance shakes this release, built upon the eerie, brooding tones and piercing loop that fights through the atmosphere to establish itself as this moody but melodic passage. The intensity slowly builds up throughout the release with the percussive sweeps, an addition to the deep synth tones that shift with the alteration of the pitch. Johnny Jewel has created this entrancing, enveloping ensemble that moves you.

Pre-save album:

Holly OST track list:
1. The Witch
2. Amulet
3. Necromancer
4. Komt Vrienden In De Ronde (feat. ÜkeHele)
5. Eclipse
6. Connection
7. Totem
8. The Misfits
9. Voices In The Forest
10. A Storm Is Coming
11. Flowers
12. The Invitation 
13. Awakening
14. Descent
15. Dread
16. The Power Of Love (feat. Desire)

As a film composer, Jewel is also known for his previous work with Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn on the films Bronson and Drive. In 2017, he appeared on screen in David Lynch’s iconic Twin Peaks, for which he also contributed musical score alongside the Angelo Badalamenti. Jewel’s music has also soundtracked numerous runways for the fashion houses of Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Balenciaga, Fendi, Dior and Louis Vuitton. He worked extensively with the Bottega Veneta brand, scoring seven short films in collaboration with French director Fabien Baron. For his upcoming live performances, Jewel will be playing music from his iconic scores using uses synthesisers & samplers to create a colorful wall of sound and melody. It’s a 60-minute kaleidoscopic dreamscape of improvisation that blurs ambient abstraction with beat driven music.

See Johnny Jewel live:
Oct 25th – Saint Sebastian, Dabadaba ES 
Oct 27th – Neuchatel, Case A Chaos CH
Nov 2nd – Vienna, Rote Bar Im Volkstheater AT
Nov 3rd – Milan, Circolo Magnolia IT
Nov 4th – Prague, Meet Factory CZ
Nov 7th – Berlin, Hole 44 DE
Nov 8th – Amsterdam, H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 48 NL
Nov 9th – Brussels, Botanquie – Rotonde, BE
Nov 10th – Barcelona, MIRA Festival ES
Nov 11th – Porto, Mouco PT
Nov 14th – Paris, Le Hasard Ludique FR
Nov 15th – Dublin, The Sugar Club IE
Nov 16th – Manchester, The White Hotel UK
Nov 17th – Glasgow, CCA UK

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