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Music - Uncut Gems : Daniel Lopatin Releases New Soundtrack

  • 4.11.2019

    “A remarkable percussive soundtrack by Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) overwhelms the constant whir of action.” - IndieWire

    Daniel Lopatin returns as composer for Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest film, Uncut Gems, whose soundtrack will be out internationally December 13 from Warp Records, the same day the film is released in U.S. theaters by A24. The film stars Adam Sandler, NBA player Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and Julia Fox, and has screened to rapturous response from critics and audiences at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. The hypnotic crime thriller follows Sandler’s Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, on a twisted odyssey in pursuit of the windfall of a lifetime (watch trailer).

    Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and the Safdie brothers have developed a close partnership through their shared love of cult genre movies and music. As Josh Safdie recently said in an interview with Variety, "I was a fan of his music… his albums are very conceptual, and he was making basically scores for movies that didn’t exist. So when we met on Good Time, after he saw the way we were using a lot of Debussey on our film prior to that, he was like, ‘Oh let’s get deep together,’ and we’ve become very close friends."

    Daniel Lopatin : Uncut Gems Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    01 The Ballad Of Howie Bling
    02 Pure Elation
    03 Followed
    04 The Bet Hits
    05 High Life
    06 No Vacation
    07 School Play
    08 Fuck You Howard
    09 Smoothie
    10 Back To Roslyn
    11 The Fountain
    12 Powerade
    13 Windows
    14 Buzz Me Out
    15 The Blade
    16 Mohegan Suite
    17 Uncut Gems

    Daniel Lopatin is a Brooklyn-based musician, composer, and Mercury Prize-nominated producer who also records and performs as Oneohtrix Point Never. Daniel has released numerous critically acclaimed albums, including his most recent Age Of (2018, Warp Records). In 2018 he premiered a sold-out live multimedia concert MYRIAD composed from Age Of at the Park Avenue Armory (New York) followed by sold-out performances at prestigious venues worldwide including The Barbican, London and Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

    His original film scores include Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems (2019) and Good Time (2017), for which he received the Best Soundtrack Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. His other film work includes Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan (2015) and contributions to Rick Alverson’s The Mountain (2019) and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (2013).

    Lopatin has been commissioned and exhibited by Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019); The Park Avenue Armory, New York (2018); Frieze Projects New York (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Holland Festival (2014); Tate Britain, London and MoMA PS1, New York (both 2013); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C and Saatchi & Saatchi, London (both 2012); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011), among others. He has collaborated with numerous artists including James Blake, Ishmael Butler, Kelsey Lu, Iggy Pop and his production credits include Anohni, FKA Twigs, David Byrne and Nine Inch Nails, among others.

    Synopsis :
    From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

    Uncut Gems
    Directed By: Josh & Benny Safdie
    Written By: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, & Ronald Bronstein
    Produced By: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, & Sebastian Bear-McClard
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch, Abel Tesfaye
    Original Score by: Daniel Lopatin
    Cinematography : Darius Khondji
    Edited by Ronald Bronstein
    Benny Safdie
    Production companies : Elara Pictures, IAC Films
    Distributed by A24 (United States), Netflix (International)
    Release date ; August 30, 2019 (Telluride), December 13, 2019 (United States)
    Release Date: December 13, 2019 (Limited); December 25, 2019 (Wide)
    Running time : 134 minutes

    (Source : press release)