If nothing else, Swiss Army Man will prove to be the strangest movie of the year. And along with it comes a music video that is just as wonderful, weird and down right creepy as this dark comedy itself. The song is 'Montage' from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Swiss Army Man, written and performed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, featuring vocals by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. The song is being released as a single, and as you can see in the video provided below, this is not going to be your average buddy comedy.
A wholly original, enormously entertaining, and deeply heartfelt look at what it means to be human, Swiss Army Man is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the beloved "Turn Down For What" video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again. All of that is presented in this new music video, which serves as a video portrait and companion to the film itself.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore. The two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other, a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors' audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is ultimately all the more remarkable for using its dazzling originality to tell a universal story of human complexity and connection. Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra says this about working on the music for the movie.
"Last January, I received an email from our good friends, the directing duo Daniels. We had met and fallen in love while working together on our music video for "Simple Math" (the one where they throw me out of a car). They asked if I was interested in writing some songs for a full-length feature they had been working on. I was obviously thrilled at the opportunity and so they sent me the script. It was the craziest story I had ever read and I knew that only these two insanely talented individuals could pull off something this ambitious. I immediately wrote and recorded a song with Robert and sent it to them. I guess we did something right because that was when this 13-month process of scoring our first movie began. There was also one other thing we had to keep in mind. The Daniels didn't want any real instruments in the movie. Only voices. The idea was that Paul and Daniel's character would create their own score in their minds. Duh! Anyways, we had to write a lot of the material before the movie was shot so that the actors could sing along while filming. After the movie was shot, we did traditional scoring at our studio, where we watched the footage and added music (voices). Nearly a year after we began working on the movie, we flew to LA to record the final vocals from the actors to really make it sound like this score is taking place inside of a crazy dudes mind. It was and is surreal. The end result is at times really trippy and lonely. There are also songs that have over 100 voices singing and sound outside of anything I thought we would be able to create. What we aimed for was something really beautiful that can evoke emotions without having to always use lyrics or any traditional instrumentation. It's an up and down journey that parallels the travels and conversations of these two characters. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of our lives. It really pushed and stretched us to think outside of the box and outside of our comfort zone. I'm thrilled that we finally get to share it."
Montage will be released as a single on June 3. Lakeshore Records will release the Swiss Army Mansoundtrack digitally on June 24. A24 presents Swiss Army Man, opening in LA and NY on June 24 and nationwide on July, You can get your first taste of the magic that awaits in this official released Montage music video, which arrives courtesy of A24's Youtube channel.