Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s Award-Nominated ‘House of Woodcock’
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has released “House of Woodcock,” a track taken from his score to the movie Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Listen to it above.
The piece – the title of which refers to the fashion house run by the main character, Reynolds Woodcock – is one of 18 that appears on the album. Greenwood recorded the score using a 60-piece orchestra in London.
Greenwood this month secured a Golden Globe nomination for the work. His competition in the Best Original Score category consist of Hans Zimmer for his music for Dunkirk; John Williams for The Post; Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water; and Carter Burwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The award ceremony takes place on Jan. 7, hosted by Seth Meyers and aired live on NBC.
Discussing his soundtrack work in 2014, Greenwood told The Quietus, “I’m usually keen to keep the technology right for the period of the film. I over-obsess about this stuff, really. In Norwegian Wood I hunted out a ‘60s Japanese nylon string guitar and some period home recording equipment, and recorded a bunch of solo guitar things that were meant to have been written and recorded by [movie character] Reiko [Ishida], the piano teacher. I imagined finding the tapes years later, and wondered what they'd sound like… Other times it's about finding the right instrument. With We Need to Talk About Kevin it was the wire-strung harp, and all these cold chords and blank music.”
The Phantom Thread music has already won four Best Original Score awards from U.S. movie critics’ organizations, and it’s in line for a further four. Phantom Thread opens on Dec. 25 while Greenwood’s album will be released via Nonesuch Records on Jan. 12 digitally, with CD and vinyl editions to follow.