Milan Records today announces the release of BLISS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Fall On Your Sword founder WILL BATES. Available everywhere now, the album features music from the romantic sci-fi thriller by writer and director Mike Cahill, which makes its debut on Prime Video and in select theaters on Friday, February 5 from Amazon Studios. This marks the third collaboration between BATES and Cahill.
Of the soundtrack, BATES says, "Collaborating with Mike Cahill continues to be one of my greatest joys. He is a visionary, and he's always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. There's so much mutual trust when we work together. He has the ability of putting everyone he works with in this safe, magical environment that really encourages experimentation. I find myself being challenged in new ways and, despite having worked on so many projects together, it seems as if I'm always trying something new with him… The key was to find the tonal balance that the story has; this mind-bending almost absurdist reality against Greg's heartbreaking journey. The scale of the movie let me really stretch the palette. Along with all sorts of mangled analogue synths, this was my first experience with a full orchestra, and also one that allowed me to dip into my background as a jazz saxophonist."
The 24-track album includes the movie's score as well as a new original song entitled "You And I," which features vocals from Skye Edwards of Morcheeba. Unfolding as a crucial sonic suite, it plays over the end credits and during a key scene in the film. On the track, BATES built a bed of warm strings to accompany an entrancing, engaging, and ethereal performance by Edwards. Her voice sails over this rich backdrop towards a hypnotic crescendo. The album boasts the original and Fall On Your Sword Remix.
Regarding "You and I," he adds, "As we were nearing the end of the process, we had the idea of there being a song that melodically incorporated the love theme. I've known Skye Edwards for years, since my London days (my old band once opened for Morcheeba.) Mike and I agreed it just had to be her voice, so I wrote the song for her to sing. It was going to be just in the end credits, but when Mike heard it, he recut one of the other scenes in the movie and used it there too. As with so many projects in 2020, COVID caused a significant delay in the post-production process. But the song may not have happened without that delay."
Bliss is a mind-bending love story following Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel's wild conspiracy.
ABOUT WILL BATES - Will Bates is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and founder of music production company Fall On Your Sword. He has composed original scores for a myriad of filmmakers including acclaimed directors Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Zero Days), Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me, Nobody Walks) and Fisher Stevens (Mission Blue, Bright Lights).
Bates has scored a number of television series: Golden Globe & Emmy-nominated Netflix series Unbelievable, SyFy's hit The Magicians, Hulu's The Path, Chance and The Looming Tower, Away for Netflix, as well as NBC's Rise. Other projects include Sweetbitter on Starz, the George R.R. Martin series Nightflyers on Netflix, and the Hulu biographical documentary Hillary. Will's recent features include Michael Tyburski's The Sound of Silence, the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, and the horror-thriller Depraved. Upcoming features include Michael Haussman's Rajah set in 19th century Borneo and Mike Cahill's Bliss.
As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Bates has recorded and toured around the globe under the name of his own post-punk band The Rinse and has collaborated with Electric Six front-man Dick Valentine as The Evil Cowards. As a saxophonist, Bates has collaborated with legendary artists ranging from 60's icon Lulu to techno legend Marshall Jefferson. As a producer and composer, he has worked with a similarly diverse bunch including Mike Rutherford, Roy Ayers, Pussy Riot and Morcheeba's Skye Edwards. In 2007, Bates created the first of a series of videos under the name Fall On Your Sword. His videos quickly went viral on YouTube, racking up hits in the millions and an explosive FOYS live act soon followed. In 2009, Fall On Your Sword evolved into a music production company. Bates currently resides in Los Angeles, which is also the home of Fall On Your Sword's west coast studio.