I love indie films. On my Netflix queue you’ll rarely see an independent movie receive anything less than four stars, even if its a solid three star movie. As cliche as these descriptions are, I love quirky, off-beat, and different.
My latest indie favorite is The Sinking of Santa Isabel. The basic premise is a guy has moved into the tree house behind his childhood home. But beyond that, it simply is the perfect indie film – strange but lovable characters, uncomfortable human relationships, and dialogue that makes you think, “What a cool fuckin’ thing to say!” Even if the character simply said, “No thank you, I already have a cigarette.” (Not an actual quote, I don’t think anyone smokes in this movie, which is weird for an indie movie, but it is all good).
When the movie arrived in the mail I was a bit bewildered at its appearance. I do quite a bit of drunk Netflix queuing, but this movie felt like it had a purpose. And once the score began and the credits rolled I remembered…
Sam Means did the whole soundtrack! You know Sam, he’s the music man from The Format. And I guess when The Format broke up last year, Nate went on to form Fun and Sam made a solo album; this soundtrack.
Now because it is a legitimate soundtrack to a film 75% of the tracks are instrumental. But the instrumental songs are awesome and perfectly compliment the movie with the same quirkiness of the film. But rather than witty banter we have folk guitars and broken pianos. The tracks that aren’t instrumental Sam sings, and his voice is great!
I encourage you all to check out the album, perfect music for a road trip or background music for relaxing.
One thing you’ll notice though if you watch the movie and listen to the soundtrack is that in the movie there is clearly a song sung by Nate, Sam’s old partner in The Format. However, this song is no where to be seen on the soundtrack. And after an exhausting Sunday spent searching, I couldn’t find a single mention anywhere of this song. Nothing associated with Sam Means nor the film mentioned that there is basically a new Format song in the film. And if you are a fan of The Format, let me tell you – this could have been a lost track from the Snails EP.
So if anyone has any information leading to the acquisition of this song by Frank of the Audio Muffin there is a reward. Not sure what the reward is, but we’ll dig something up here at the bakery and send it to you – no joke.
You can pick up the album on iTunes. And I’m sure you can find the movie at wherever you watch movies these days.