Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been working in the movies for some time now, collaborating with director David Fincher on the scores for 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Along the way, they seem to have picked up some film-specific promotional methods. Yesterday, Reznor released what was essentially the 30-second teaser trailer for his and Ross’ forthcoming soundtrack for Fincher’s Gone Girl, followed shortly after by the equivalent of the full trailer: four complete Gone Girl tracks, titled “Sugar Storm,” “Background Noise,” “The Way He Looks At Me,” and “Just Like You.” ETA: And today, right on cue, the entire soundtrack is now available to stream via NPR Music. Listen here. Like the duo’s previous work for Fincher, it’s seemingly impossible to describe these songs without invoking words like “chilly” and “creepy,” which—according to Reznor, anyway—means they were inspired by “really terrible music you hear in massage parlors.” Decide for yourself whether he got that right:
“Sugar Storm” is the standout for me; it’s ethereal, but also a touch spooky, like drifting off into a dream you don’t realize is a nightmare until it’s too late. It’s also an interesting blend of the sparse electronic noises the duo is known for and a more traditional orchestral arrangement. Reznor reportedly worked with a live orchestra for the first time on the Gone Girl soundtrack, and it seems to have lent the music an interesting angle—not quite warm, but also not as immediately foreboding as some of Reznor and Ross’ previous film work. This seems entirely intentional, at least according to Fincher, who told our pals at Pitchfork, “The movie is about the facade of the good neighbor, the good Christian, the good wife. So the notion was to start with music that’s attempting to give you a hug.” Based on these tracks, that’s an extremely apt description. Enjoy these awkward sonic hugs, and prepare for more vaguely unsettling music when the full soundtrack is released digitally on September 30—or see them in their intended context when Gone Girl comes out October 3.