Love or hate TRON: Legacy as a whole, it's hard to argue that Daft Punk's score isn't one of the best parts of the film. Hiring the iconic electronica duo to do the score (along with composer Joseph Trapanese) was one of the smartest moves Joseph Kosinski made on his directorial debut, and it looks like he's hoping to repeat that magic on his sophomore film, the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi film Oblivion. Only this time, he's swapping out the men in helmets for the French band M83.
The film doesn't hit theaters until April 19, but you can listen to one of the tracks from the film right now thanks to Rolling Stone. It's called "StarWaves" and it's not hard to imagine Cruise wandering a desolate planet Earth set to these dulcet tones.
Don't expect the entire film's score to be quite so soothing, though. Kosinksi told Collider in an interview that they're trying to strike a balance between what people expect from a film score and what they expect from M83. We're guessing this is more the "under the surface" side:
I’m not sure what the count is, but it’s a lot of music. There’s a lot of music in the movie. It’s probably 80 percent scored. I would say the same thing I said for the Daft Punk tracks, some stuff feels like Daft and some stuff you would never guess Daft would do. Some of my favorite tracks from Legacy were tracks that you would never guess in a million years were Daft Punk and I think the same goes for this. Some of the stuff you’re going to hear the M83 in its full glory, screaming out, but at other times it serves the movie as a score should it’s under the surface. So it will be interesting to see what people think.
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