KEVIN SHIELDS’s contributions to the soundtrack of critically acclaimed movie ‘LOST IN TRANSLATION’ have been praised by long-time fan and director of the film, SOFIA COPPOLA.
The former My Bloody Valentine guitarist’s involvement in the project marked the release of his first new music in more than a decade, as well as now earning him a BAFTA nomination.
Sofia, daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, said: “Loveless’ (My Bloody Valentine‘s classic 1991 album) is one of my favourite records. I got it when I was in my early twenties and would just sit in my house and just listen to it over and over again. The band were really important for me and I’m still a really big fan of [Shields’] music.”
She added: “We thought it would be great to think we could get in touch him, and weren’t really sure whether he’d do it or not. It was really great to finally meet him.”
However, when Coppola met Shields, she had trouble trying to explain to him how she wanted the music to sound.
She told Xfm: “When we first met, I spent much of the time trying to convey to him what I was looking for. I love music, but I don’t really know how to talk about it. Its very abstract to me.”
“Kevin and I worked together by me showing video tapes to him, a musician, and then the result became the way that he responded to it,” Coppola said. “Brian (Reitzell – Music Supervisor for 2000’s ‘The Virgin Suicides’) also worked with him, as after working on ‘The Virgin Suicides’ he’s aware of what’s required for a film. But really it was just Kevin’s response to the visuals of the film.”
As previously reported on NME.COM, Shields contributed four songs to the film, ‘City Girl’, ‘Golf Course’, ‘Are You Awake?’ and ‘Ikebana’, alongside My Bloody Valentine‘s previously released ‘Sometimes’.
The last time Shields’ songwriting appeared was on ‘Loveless’. After signing to Island shortly after its release, the band indulged in years of sessions for a follow-up until the group dissolved in the mid-90s.
The guitarist has now been shortlisted for the ‘Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music’. He’ll find out if he’s won at the ceremony, which takes place on February 15 at London’s Leicester Square Odeon.