As we mentioned just before the holidays last year, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo revealed to BBC 6Music that the band’s agenda this year includes a live DVD, a “soundtrack for a French teen film,” and prep work for their 17th album. The quote sparked rampant speculation, of course, as to what film Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Mark Ibold were recording new music for (a Michel Gondry flick?), until today…
At the tail end of last week, the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival lineup was announced, and though the words “Sonic Youth” were nowhere to be found therein, a cursory bit of sleuthing brings us this: Sonic Youth have written and recorded the soundtrack to Simon Werner a Disparu, director Fabrice Gobert’s new film about a teen murder mystery outside of Paris.
According to a synopsis, the film’s plot involves the disappearance of Simon Werner and two other teenagers from a small Parisian suburb. Weeks later, “[d]uring an alcohol fuelled party, teenagers discover a body hidden in the bushes of a forest. A body that seems lifeless… Rumors start to spread. The psychosis begins…”
Per the poster above, it appears the film may be titled Lights Out in English-speaking countries, but that is not confirmed just yet. Either way, a thriller scored by Sonic Youth? Umm, yes please.