The first time the indie-rockers Devotchka penned a score to a movie, they made a pretty big splash with the killer soundtrack to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" that they co-wrote with composer Mychael Danna ("Moneyball"). It's been often imitiated and certainly often-reused (just give a listen to "The Winner Is" below, which has become a type of go-to score for indie-film trailers). Devotcka frontman Nick Urata composed most of 2009's "I Love You, Philip Morris" score by himself and he's done the same for his reteam with Dayton and Faris, "Ruby Sparks."
Being released courtesy of Milan Records, the 20-track soundtrack album combines French pop tunes from Plastic Betrand ("Ca Plane Pour Moi"), Sylvie Vartan ("Quand Tu Es La") and Holden ("Une Fraction De Seconde") along with Nick Urata's score. Written by Zoe Kazan, starring Kazan, Paul Dano, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, and Alia Shawkat, "Ruby Sparks" centers on a struggling novelist with writer's block who wills a character he thinks will love him into existence. We reviewed it at the L.A. Film Festival and called a "delightful romantic comedy that tugs at the heartstrings and rings of an instant classic." Damn, that's not faint praise.
With the movie not quite the out-and-out comedic romp of 'Sunshine,' the score is appropriately moodier, but no less excellent. The soundtrack hits on July 24th with the movie hitting theaters a few days later on July 27th.
"Ruby Sparks" Sountrack Tracklisting
2. Writer's Block
4. Ruby Sparks
5. I Was Waiting For You
6. I'll Go With You
7. She's Real
8. Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Betrand
9. Une Fraction De Seconde - Holden
10. He Loved You
11. Quand Tu Es La - Sylvie Vartan
12. Psychedelic Train
13. Roll It Round
16. You're A Genius
17. The Past Released Her
18. She Came To Me
19. Can We Start Over
20. Ruby Was Just Ruby