When we spoke with M. Night Shyamalan early last year, the director opened up about the struggle he faced when taking on his most recent film project Old as it required him to shoot on location rather than in his hometown of Philadelphia, where he’d previously shot all of his movies in order to keep close to his family. Yet what he didn’t mention was the fact that this proximity also benefited him creatively, as his daughter Saleka has provided an intriguing score to the third and current season of Shyamalan’s series Servant, with the latest installment of that soundtrack arriving today with the saucy single “Take It or Leave It.”
“I wanted this song to have a little more attitude than the previous Vivian Dale songs, to stay grounded in the vulnerability that the music is helping Leanne access but with added moments of feistiness,” she shares, contextualizing the song a bit within the show’s narrative. “The lyrics describe the classic situation of someone who wants you but doesn’t want to commit, the honest pain it causes but framed in a way that is self-aware and poking fun at the situation.”
In regard to her working relationship with her father she continues: “My family has become very collaborative in the past couple years, both my sister and I working in different capacities with each other and with our dad. During the pandemic we were all quarantining together and talking often about the different things we were working on, and a lot of the collaboration started from that space. I was of course very nervous to write for such an amazing show, but even more grateful and excited. It is such a blessing to be able to work with family and it honestly feels natural.”
Check out the track below.