Orchestral pop artist Julia Holter has composed the score to upcoming boxing drama Bleed for This. This was the first film score Holter had ever worked on and director Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime) explains how he came to choose her for this:

The first time I heard Julia Holter’s voice was in a rental car driving on La Brea listening to Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. It was one of those moments when you know you will love a song three notes in. You just know. I ran straight back to my friend’s house where I was staying, downloaded the album, hit the repeat button and wrote all morning while that song played.

Two years later I asked Julia to come work with me on Bleed For This. She had never scored a film before but her emotional acuity and musical genius allowed for a seamless transition. Julia does not score by the numbers. To be reductive in the interest of space, the woman is highly unconventional. And while she hits all the emotional beats in a scene, if you listen to the music without picture you may wonder what the fuck is happening. Mate it to picture, however, and it becomes revelatory. I LOVE this. I am a big proponent of giving people jobs that are completely outside of their wheelhouse. The results can be dramatic, as they are here.

You can listen to part of her instrumental score Here:

The soundtrack, which also features three new songs by Willis Earl Beal, will be out digitally on Nov 18 and physically on Nov 25 by Milan Records. Tracklist is below.

As for the film itself, which stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, here's the official synopsis:

BLEED FOR THIS is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

Bleed For This is out November 18 nationwide. Watch the trailer below.


Bleed For This OST tracklist:
1. Willis Earl Beal - “Too Dry To Cry”
2. Audio Two - “Top Billin”
3. Julia Holter - “Splitting 10’s”
4. Julia Holter - “A Small Fantasy”
5. George Michael - “Monkey”
6. Billy Squier - “Emotions in Motion”
7. Bad Company - “Rock Steady”
8. Julia Holter - “Maxim’s I”
9. Julia Holter - “Home Movies”
10. Willis Earl Beal - “Disintegrating”
11. Julia Holter - “Fighting Dele”
12. Julia Holter - “ Vinny Vs. Them”
13. Julia Holter - “Not Gonna Fight Again”
14. Willis Earl Beal - “Burning Bridges”
15. Julia Holter - “Fighting Duran”
16. Julia Holter - “Show Me How You Fight”
17. Julia Holter - “Final Round”
18. Julia Holter - “Vinny’s Triumph”