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Top 5 Indie Movie Soundtracks of the Past 5 Years - Guest Post

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The indie film boom of recent years has not only been a force unto itself, but has also ushered in a love for the indie film soundtrack.  Quite often these collections are part-complilation, part-original work, and they're almost always something you can put on in the background on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Here are five of the most notable indie movie soundtracks from the past half-decade.

Juno (2008) - Although this film may not be considered part of the indie vibe anymore given its raging commercial and critical success, Juno did bring much-deserved attention to the work of Kimya Dawson, whose voice is dotted throughout the soundtrack album.  Adorably cute or disgustingly cute, depending on your point of view, this soundtrack fits well with the film, and the Sonic Youth track alone is worth the price of the CD.

500 Days of Summer (2009) - Another cutesy film featuring the sometimes unbearably twee Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer reins itself back in from cute overload with a stellar compilation soundtrack that combines pop hits of old (Hall & Oates) with more recent indie gems (Carla Bruni).  Even if you found the movie to be too much, the soundtrack is still a worthwhile buy, and is great to put on shuffle when you have friends over for dinner.

Away We Go (2009) - Scottish songwriter Alexi Murdoch created a folk-heavy soundtrack for this film about two lost souls looking for a place to start a family, and wandering around the United States in search of a perfect home. Sam Mendes directed, which may seem a little incongruous considering he has now gone on to direct a James Bond film.  Complementing the original Murdoch tracks on Away We Go are contributions from legends like George Harrison and Bob Dylan, lending a heavy nostalgic feel to this quirky and emotional film.

Submarine (2010) - Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys fame) delved briefly into the world of soundtrack writing with Submarine, a bizarre-yet-charming film about a young man trying to get some romantic action while keeping his mother from the same.  The album (or perhaps EP is a better description) only has six tracks, but in those six tracks Turner shows that he really has a talent for blending sound with story.

Greenberg (2010) - As much as this movie was a dark horse for comedian Ben Stiller (who usually opts for more obvious comedy like Little Fockers, the soundtrack was also a departure for LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.  Ditching the dance beats for a more piano-based feel, in many ways this is Murphy's most interesting work, and gets surprisingly little recognition from LCD Soundsystem fans.


Brynn lives, breathes, and geeks out over all things music. When she's not hanging out at shows or figuring out her summer festival schedule, she writes about bands, performances, and musicians for 
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