Since The National released their last album, 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, Bryce Dessner has kept busy with various composing projects. He released a collaboration with Kronos Quartet, a split album with Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, and earlier this year shared a new piece called Music for Wood and Strings with Sō Percussion.
Later this year, Dessner will participate in what might be his most high-profile gig as composer: He’s contributing to the score for The Revenant, the forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio-starring thriller from Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Dessner, along with German electronic artist Carsten Nicolai, aka Alva Noto, will be joining Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on the project.
The Revenant serves as the follow-up to Iñárritu’s Birdman, which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture. Inspired by a true story, the film depicts 19th century fur trader Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who is mauled by a bear and left for dead by his companion John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). After surviving the attack, Glass seeks out revenge against Fitzgerald. The movie hits theaters on Christmas Day. Revisit the trailer below.
In related news, The National debuted a brand new song called “Roman Candle” over the weekend.