If you haven’t yet heard of the forthcoming film Swiss Army Man — well, we sincerely hope you don’t have a weak stomach. Starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, the film’s plot revolves around a castaway (Dano) who befriends a bloated corpse (Radcliffe) and uses his decomposing body as a living, farting swiss army knife. Still with us? Good, because this next part is actually strikingly beautiful.
The film’s score is composed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, who have opted to balance out the gross-out visual gags with a beautifully melodic soundtrack. Today the duo has shared one of the soundtrack’s two full songs, “A Better Way”, and it’s unquestionably the best song ever to be featured in a film about a farting corpse. A rich, melancholic guitar melody backs Hull’s aching vocals, which hinge on the unanswered (and unanswerable) question, “Is there any way to get out of here?”
“This was the very first song we wrote and recorded after reading the script,” says Hull. “I had written a completely different song and planned on recording that one, but once I got to the studio and sat down at the microphone, I started playing this riff in a weird dropped tuning. The melody came after that and we ended up using this melody many times in the movie in different capacities. In a way, the song sort of created itself.”
Lakeshore Records will release the Swiss Army Man original motion picture soundtrack digitally June 24th and on CD July 8th. The film arrives in select theaters in NYC and LA on June 24th and nationwide July 1st.
Listen in to “A Better Way” below.