PREMIERE: Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat Duet on “Blaze & Sybil’s Lullaby,” from the “Blaze” Soundtrack
Dickey wrote the track himself specifically for the Ethan Hawke–directed film about the life and times of Blaze Foley, which is getting a soundtrack release via Light in the Attic.
In recent years, Light in the Attic has been re-releasing vinyl soundtracks from fringe cult films of the late ’70s and early ’80s with a Criterion-like reverence. It seems only natural that they’d be the ones to deliver the OST to the forthcoming Ethan Hawke–directed feature Blaze, a not-biopic of Blaze Foley: fringe, cult-country singer of the late ’70s and early ’80s. With a tracklist featuring iconic tunes from the likes of Hurray-for-the-Riff-Raff’s-Alynda-Segarra-as-Lucinda-Williams, Charlie-Sexton-as-Townes-Van-Zandt, and Ben-Dickey-as-Blaze-himself, the Original Cast Recording is likely to go down as one of the year’s most memorable soundtracks. (And you’ll have to stay tuned for that Oscar race for Best Song…)
Today we’re getting a second advance listen (following “Clay Pigeons”) in the form of a Dickey duet sung alongside co-star Alia Shawkat (as Sybil Rosen), a three-minute acoustic lullaby composed by Dickey for the film, appropriately called “Blaze & Sybil’s Lullaby.” It’s a tender, folksy number complete with intimate vocal harmonies and falsetto scatting—far from the gonzo label ascribed by Hawke.
Blaze: Original Cast Recording is out September 21st via Light in the Attic Records.