James Murphy Premieres "We Used to Dance" off of 'While We're Young' Soundtrack [LISTEN]
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy released a new song, "We Used To Dance," from Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young.
"We Used to Dance" is only a sneak peek of Murphy's soundtrack for While We're Young. The soundtrack, which Murphy scored and created, will also include Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Haim.
Director Baumbach and Murphy have collaborated before on Baumbach's 2010 film Greenberg.
"I found that James' mumbling felt very right for Greenberg," said Baumbach to LA Times about the Greenberg soundtrack. "It sounds noncommittal, yet there was a beauty in it. His finished version of it appears in the end credits, and you can hear the lyrics. That was the first piece he wrote for the movie, and it was partially cut, so he was going off of instinct. I kept trying that track in different spots, and it fit a later part of the movie when he's mailing letters and doing errands. There's a jaunty sort of sadness to it."
Greenberg sounds like it will be in the same vein as While We're Young, which is about an older couple's lives changing when they meet a much younger couple. The film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, as the older couple's friend. "We Used to Dance" is calm, yet a little bit sad, which is perfect for an understated story about hipster Brooklynites.
Murphy was possibly drawn to While We're Young because it speaks to a problem everyone faces: growing old, but maybe not growing up.
"I like things that are patient but don't seem overly stylized, and his movies are rooted in a normalcy," said Murphy in an interview with Pitchfork about Baumbach's Greenberg, "With some movies that are personal and quiet, I'm like, "OK, take your preciousness down"; I would rather watch Avatar. But Noah manages to be quiet but not precious."
Watch the trailer for While We're Young below. The film is in theaters March 27th, and the soundtrack is available digitally and on CD, from Milan Records, on March 24th.