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Mar 8, 2013

Listen: Awesome First Track from M83's 'Oblivion'

It's finally time. Our first listen to a song from M83's highly anticipated score for Joe Kosinski's Oblivion, the upcoming sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise. This is one of those moments I've been waiting for ever since first reporting last June that French electronic band M83 would be scoring. We've been curious if the music used in the trailers was M83's work or not, but it doesn't sound like it. Especially after listening to "StarWaves", the track released today. I mean whoa, this is great, and it's not even 4 minutes of music. I can't wait to hear the rest! But, unfortunately, the full score will not be available to buy & stream until April.

Below you'll find the embedded player from Rolling Stone (via The Film Stage) to listen to this first track, which really builds into something tremendous in the second half. Without having seen the entire movie yet, I don't want to try envision where this fits in until I see it, but it's still exciting to listen to this early anyway.

As you can see on the album cover, the Oblivion score is credited to both Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese, playing as M83. Rolling Stone describes this "StarWaves" track a "slow-burning, celestial cut that expands into a chorus of all-consuming synths." I'm hooked already, looking forward to seeing the movie and hearing the album. The soundtrack for Oblivion will be released April 9th on Back Lot Records.

Kosinski's Oblivion (also known as Horizons) stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, plus Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. Kosinski has developed this for years, with a writing credit along with William Monahan. Universal Pictures currently has Oblivion scheduled to open exclusively in IMAX theaters on April 12th.

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