Grizzly Bear originally planned to write an original score for the Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams flick Blue Valentine, but when they ran out of time, Plan B was to include instrumental versions of their existing material. The Blue Valentine soundtrack album will be released digitally on January 25 on iTunes (February 1 in physical format) on Lakeshore Records. The album contains instrumental versions of "Easier" and "Lullabye" from 2006's Yellow House and "Dory," "I Live With You," and "Foreground" from 2009's Veckatimest. It's also got a choral version of Horn of Plenty's "Alligator," featuring members of the Dirty Projectors and Beirut (which version can also be found on 2007's Friend EP).
Think of it as a brief Grizzly Bear retrospective. Also, those instrumentals play beautifully in the film. The soundtrack's still worth buying. Click through to see the full Blue Valentine soundtrack listing.
01 Grizzly Bear: "Granny Diner"
02 Department of Eagles: "In Ear Park"
03 Grizzly Bear: "Easier (Instrumental)"
04 Grizzly Bear: "Lullabye (Instrumental)"
05 Grizzly Bear: "I Live With You (Instrumental)"
06 Grizzly Bear: "Foreground (Instrumental)"
07 Grizzly Bear: "Dory (Instrumental)"
08 Ryan Gosling: "You Always Hurt the Ones You Love"
BTW, if you haven't seen Blue Valentine, it's stunning and currently playing at the Egyptian Theater. Colin Firth is a nice Englishman and all, but Ryan Gosling really should be winning an Academy Award for this performance. The track he contributes to the soundtrack is a tearjerker.