When the chatter first began about Spike Jonze’s warm, lovely film Her, one of the talking points was the music: Arcade Fire member William Butler and fellow Canadian Owen Pallett (known to the pop world as Final Fantasy) would be writing the score, Arcade Fire would perform it, and additional musical input would come from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O (who had previously collaborated with Jonze on the music for Where The Wild Things Are).
The results lived up to the anticipation; the music in Her perfectly complements the internal life of lead character Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, and when the Oscar nominations were handed down last week, both the score (by Butler and Pallett) and the original song “The Moon Song” (performed by Karen O and written by her and Jonze) were included in the race for prizes.
But despite the accolades, the music from Her is unavailable for purchase, either in physical or digital form. While it’s true that not every movie gets its own soundtrack, the high-profile nature of the names involved makes it strange that there is no Her soundtrack available. And of all the music nominated for Oscars, Her is the only absentee—the scores from The Book Thief, Gravity, Philomena, and Saving Mr. Banks can all be had via iTunes, as can Pharrell’s “Happy” (from Despicable Me 2), U2’s “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Frozen‘s “Let It Go” and the mysterious “Alone But Not Alone” from the mightily obscure film of the same name.
Of course, if you want to relive the sounds from Her, there are ways. Warner Bros. has made “The Moon Song” available on SoundCloud, and a promotional single can still be had for free download. The score was streaming online earlier today, though that has since been taken down. Warner Bros., Her‘s distributor, had no official statement on the lack of a soundtrack album, and there are no current plans for a release. The best you can do to re-create some of the feeling of the film is by listening to Arcade Fire’s “Supersymmetry” (from last year’s Reflektor), which was originally written for the movie and appears in altered form over Her‘s credits.
Listen to Karen O’s lovely “The Moon Song” and fall in love with your operating system below.