Lakeshore Records is thrilled to announce tomorrow’s digital release of music from the critically-acclaimed Netflix original documentary The Social Dilemma, directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes. The album is comprised of a dynamic and otherworldly score from award-winning composer Mark Crawford and includes a cover of the classic song “I Put a Spell on You,” performed by GRAMMY-winning artists Brandi Carlile and Renée Elise Goldsberry. The documentary film had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2020, and 38 million households chose to watch the film in its first 28 days on Netflix. The Social Dilemma is available for streaming on Netflix, and the album will be available on all digital platforms on Friday, February 12.
The Social Dilemma blends documentary investigation and narrative drama to disrupt the disrupters, unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms. The border between what sounds human and what sounds like a machine was the kernel of a concept that led to composer Mark Crawford forming what became the score for the film.
“The Social Dilemma album is a complex and versatile score that takes listeners down a spiraling path of a gradual synthesizer takeover,” says Crawford. “Illuminated through a blend of classical orchestral film score elements and vintage synthesizers, I created a dilemma in musical form, pitting humanity and technology against one another, mirroring the film’s narrative arc.”
“As Skyler Gisondo’s character takes a trip down the rabbit hole of disinformation and radicalization, and Sophia Hammons’ character grapples with doses of digital social approval, the distorting of reality is reflected through instrumentation and breakdown of musical form,” he adds.
The film features Nina Simone’s cover of “I Put a Spell on You,” and the album closes with a new rendition of the song. “Inspired by current events and the unprecedented times in which we are living, the cover of ‘I Put a Spell on You,’ performed by the powerful voices of Brandi Carlile and Renée Elise Goldsberry, adds a hauntingly beautiful and bewitching aspect to the song’s original lyrics, while incorporating a new message to elevate the spell that has been cast on our society through social media and search platforms. The arrangement pays homage to past covers of the classic song, and infuses it with electronic and acoustic elements mined from the film’s score,” says Mark Crawford.
Mark Crawford is a composer and filmmaker who has traveled the world producing and scoring films, and soaking up cultures. Most recently he was the sole composer for the feature length documentary The Social Dilemma, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and 38 million households chose to watch the film in its first 28 days on Netflix. Previously, his credits include additional music for the award-winning feature documentaries Chasing Coral (2017) and Chasing Ice (2012), Classic, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2019, and the multi-Audience Award-winning short documentary, The Love Bugs. His music and film work have also been included in programs featured on National Geographic, California Academy of Science, Harvard Kennedy School, Nike Foundation, and Fast Company.
Brandi Carlile is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, producer and activist, who has become known as one of music's most respected voices. Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carlile is nominated in two categories at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards: Best Song Written For Visual Media (“Carried Me With You” from Onward written with Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth) and Best Country Song (“Crowded Table” performed by The Highwomen written with Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna). She also produced The Secret Sisters’ acclaimed new album, Saturn Return, which is nominated for Best Folk Album. Adding to her esteemed career, Carlile recently confirmed the publication of her forthcoming memoir, Broken Horses, to be released April 6 via Crown—an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Additionally, Carlile recently released “A Beautiful Noise,” a new duet with Alicia Keys that was written by an all-female team of musicians including Carlile, Keys, Ruby Amanfu, Brandy Clark, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters.
Renée Elise Goldsberry is a multi-hyphenate actress and singer who has delivered award winning performances both on Broadway and the small screen. Best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler in the musical phenomenon HAMILTON, which received rave reviews across the board and has become a cultural touchstone for the ages. Renée’s performance earned her a Tony Award, Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Lucille Lortel Award. Most recently, Renée starred in the A24’s critical darling, Trey Edward Shults’ feature film Waves, opposite Sterling K. Brown, which was released Fall of 2019, and in the hit Netflix series Altered Carbon. She could also be seen on NBC's musical sensation, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist in addition to lending her voice to bring characters to life on the Netflix Animated series Fast & Furious Spy Racers and Centaurworld.
Lakeshore Records is a four-time Grammy Nominated record label, and the soundtrack arm of the Cutting Edge Group. Lakeshore Records is the global independent leader in top line soundtrack album releases, including such popular, critically acclaimed and classic soundtracks as Bridgerton, Drive, Stranger Things, The Old Guard, Cyberpunk 2077, When They See Us, The Handmaid's Tale, Black Mirror, Star Trek: Picard, Bojack Horseman, Les Miserables, Mandy, Narcos, Logan, The Walking Dead, Napoleon Dynamite, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Red Dead Redemption 2, Legion, the Academy Award nominated Lady Bird and Academy Award winners Moonlight, Little Miss Sunshine, American Factory, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Hurt Locker and many, many more.
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