Last night Beck took to the stage at The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform a sweeping orchestral cover of ‘Tarantula’, his contribution to the album Music Inspired by the Film Roma.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was joined by fellow indie icons Feist, Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan, Inara George of the Bird and The Bee and LA rocker Alex Lilly, backed by Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform the song’s TV debut. The ensemble also included percussionist Ilan Rubin and pianist Jason Falkner.
Last month, Beck shared his cover of the 1982 synth-pop single by UK outfit Colourbox, which was later popularized by This Mortal Coil. His recording takes its stylistic cue from Mortal Coil cover, and also features an orchestral arrangement by his father David Campbell and backing from a 24-piece orchestral ensemble.
Along with Beck’s poetic cover of ‘Tarantula’, Music Inspired by the Film Roma also includes contributions from Patti Smith, El-P, Billie Eilish, Ibeyi, Unkle and T-Bone Burnett, among others.
As one of the most buzzed about films of the year, Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film Roma brings the grandeur of classic filmmaking to the small screen and earned Netflix’s its first Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. With two previous Golden Globe wins for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film, Roma is already a favoured contender for this year’s Oscars.
The director’s black-and-white masterpiece follows a young domestic worker in 1970s Mexico City and the soundtrack features many top Mexican, Latino and Spanish artists.
After Cuarón finished the film, he reached out to all of his favourite artists to create songs as a companion soundtrack to the film. The result is Music Inspired by the Film Roma, which is set for release this Friday, 8 February.
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