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‘Parasite’ score getting vinyl release on Sacred Bones (listen)


Bong Joon-ho‘s new film Parasite has been getting almost universal praise since winning the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and I’ll stump for it too. Like with many of his films — The Host, Snowpiercer, Ojka — he plays with genre conventions but is never beholden to them, taking Parasite in unexpected directions more than once. It’s funny, its poignant, thrilling…and the less you know about it going in, the better. Parasite is definitely a “just go see it” movie. Don’t even watch the trailer (it is not below).

Like pretty much all the aspects of the film, Jung Jae Il‘s score works in perfect service to the director’s vision, heavy on strings, but sometimes offering clattering percussion, or lightly tinkled piano. (There’s even some singing saw.) You can stream that below now, and it will get a vinyl release via Sacred Bones on January 31.

There are a few variant editions: a peach-colored pressing that’s available via Sacred Bones, a “green grass” colored pressing that will be available by mail order and in brick-and-mortar record stores, and a Sacred Bones Record Society edition that’s pressed on Society-exclusive “Scholar’s Rock” color vinyl, with OBI strip, and with Society-exclusive mixed tape. Only 150 copies of that edition will be made, and you can enroll in the Sacred Bones Record Society which, for $175 gets you the label’s next five releases on limited edition vinyl. More info here.

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