By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist April 10, 2014 at 9:38AM
Having long-operated cinematically as part of Sofia Coppola’s usual ensemble, the electronic group Air has recently taken to a range of other left-field projects. First it was a soundtrack in 2010 to Georges Méliès’ “A Voyage To The Moon," then accompaniment to the documentary “Corman’s World” more recently. Now the French duo are continuing that streak with a musical role in Norwegian director Erik Skjoldjaerg’s latest film, and we’ve got our first taste of the result.
Via Empire, a series of six soundtrack cuts have hit the web from “Pioneer” the latest work by Skjoldjaerg (who directed “Prozac Nation” and the original “Insomnia”), and they offer Air’s signature sound transferred to the film’s tale of intrigue. Set in the 1980s during the Norwegian Oil Boom, the plot throws an ensemble including Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang into political rivalries as they race to capitalize on oil and gas deposits in the North Sea.
An official soundtrack of Air’s work has yet to be announced, so enjoy the unnamed tracks from the film in the meantime below. “Pioneer” hits UK cinemas on April 11th, and while U.S. distributor Magnolia still needs to decide on a stateside release, George Clooney and Grant Heslov have already begun producing a remake for Sony—a solid sign of the strength of the material.