A new Thom Yorke song will appear in Edward Norton’s new film Motherless Brooklyn, Rolling Stone reports. Norton (a knownlongtime fan of the Radiohead frontman) reached out to Yorke to contribute to the film adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel about a detective in 1950s New York.
“I wanted Thom to write an old-world melancholy ballad, and I wanted his voice to be the properties for [Norton’s character] Lionel’s voice,” Norton told RS. Yorke returned with his song “Daily Battles,” slated to appear in a jazz bar scene in the film. Norton then enlisted Wynton Marsalis to record a jazz arrangement of the song to better fit the scene. Both the Yorke and Marsalis versions will arrive digitally in the coming weeks. They will also be issued together on a split seven-inch vinyl.
Yorke’s version of “Daily Battles” features his Atoms for Peacebandmate and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea on bass and horns. Of the song, Norton says, “It’s so instantly heartbreaking and evocative of so many of the themes to the movie without being overly specific to them, but so much so, I thought the idea of daily battles that everyone is fighting, that you’re trying to rise up and out of.”
Motherless Brooklyn, which was written, directed, and stars Norton, is due for release in November.