You’ll usually find music journalist Kate Solomon in The Guardian or Time Out, talking about the hottest new tracks – so we got her to listen to music coming to the big screen and pick her favourites, just for you. Here are Kate’s top must-hear moments.
Kate Solomon @katiesol
Seeing a film on the big screen isn’t just about the amazing visuals. It’s also about hearing it as it was intended to be heard: on top-class speakers with a room full of people holding their breath in the quiet bits and reaching for the popcorn in the loud ones.
There are some killer soundtracks coming up, so we’ve rounded up a few of them here. From classical to Gaga, Elvis to Elfman, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May)
Legendary film composer Danny Elfman wrote the score for Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness and it couldn’t be a better fit. At one point, he mixes Beethoven’s Fifth and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in a dazzling scene that we don’t want to tell you any more about because you have to see - and hear! - it for yourself. It’s a Marvel film, so keep an ear out for musical Easter eggs too...
Top Gun: Maverick (May)
Aside from the planes and the stunts and the volleyball, the thing we love most about the original Top Gun is its iconic soundtrack and Top Gun: Maverick is continuing this tradition and then some. Lady Gaga has provided an absolutely huge power-ballad with shades of Take My Breath Away - go and listen to ‘Hold My Hand’ immediately and just imagine it booming out from every angle on an absolutely top flight sound system: a track as enormous as this surely deserves it. Oooh, we’ve got goosebumps.
Ahh the little known story of a young singer from Memphis, Tennessee. You’ll love this young upstart’s rock’n’roll songs, we reckon he’ll be big!
Joking aside, hearing The King’s hits in glorious high fidelity is the only way to do it - Austin Butler sings throughout the film, blended with Elvis's actual voice as he ages
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July)
We are as surprised as anyone to find that one of the year’s best soundtracks comes courtesy of...the Minions. But a quick listen to Diana Ross and Tame Impala’s incredible ‘Turn Up The Sunshine’ cements it - and that’s before we even tell you about the 70s covers that make up the rest of it: St Vincent does ‘Funkytown’, Phoebe Bridgers covers the Carpenters’ ‘Goodbye To Love’ and a bunch of unspeakably cool musicians like Caroline Polachek, Kali Uchis, Tierra Whack and Brockhampton are on board too.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July)
Now there isn’t much out there about the Thor soundtrack yet but we have some clues that it’s going to be really good: first is the slow build of Sweet Child O Mine in the trailer as Thor talks about needing to find himself. The second is that Peter Quill is in it and we know how good his mixtapes are. Third is Taika Waititi is in the director's chair and his compilation soundtrack for Jojo Rabbit literally won an Oscar. So no pressure Thor, but we’re expecting hits.
The Railway Children Return (July)
The score for this dazzling new return of the railway children has a lot to live up to. The late Johnny Douglas wrote the music for the original 1970 film, which received a BAFTA nomination and is fondly remembered by us all. Happily the filmmakers have nabbed Edward Farmer, who is known for his work on The Crown and Bridgerton, and Martin Phipps who has two BAFTAS and an Ivor Novello award under his belt. Sounds like it’s in good hands.
Jordan Peele is the absolute master of giving classic songs a spine-tingling new purpose and in his new film Nope, Stevie Wonder’s Fingertips gets dragged sideways into doomy oblivion. We expect more of the same in the film itself - and the louder the loud bits are, the more tense and terrifying the quiet bits will be.
Where The Crawdads Sing (August)
The crawdads aren’t the only ones singing - Taylor Swift wrote a brand new song for Where The Crawdads Sing and it’s a haunting, melancholy number written with The National’s Aaron Dessner. The thumping drums and ghostly vocals will send shivers up your spine and just imagine it on our top-end speakers. A must whether you’re a Swiftie or not.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November)
Ok so bear with us, because none of this is confirmed, but there are some pretty major artists tipped to be working on the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. If you remember, Kendrick Lamar curated the soundtrack for the first film and it was stacked with amazing songs from SZA, Jorja Smith, The Weeknd and Kendrick himself. The rumour mill is turning and says Doja Cat, Solange and Stormzy are set to make an audio appearance on the new soundtrack. Don’t place any bets, but we are definitely expecting a soundtrack that will blow us away…