Lionsgate To Release THE GLASS CASTLE Nationwide On August 11th
Featuring Original Music By Joel P West

(July 14h, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Milan Records today announced that it will release THE GLASS CASTLE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD on August 11th to coincide with the wide release of Lionsgate’s feature film starring Academy Award® winner Brie Larson and Oscar® nominees Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts.

Based on Jeannette Walls’ New York Times bestseller, the film tells a remarkable story of unconditional love that chronicles the adventures of a wildly eccentric but resilient and tight-knit family.  Brie Larson stars as a young woman who is influenced by her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson) and eccentric mother (Naomi Watts) but ultimately finds the determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  It also stars Max Greenfield, Sarah Snook and Robin Bartlett and is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton with a screenplay by Cretton and Andrew Lanham.

The soundtrack features the movie’s original score by composer Joel P West (SHORT TERM 12, GRANDMA, I AM NOT A HIPSTER) and includes the original song “Summer Storm” written and performed by West and inspired by the original writings of Jeannette’s father.  It also includes the cover of “Don’t Fence Me In” based on a song from the memoir.

“Joel was part of The Glass Castle team from day one. He and I were brainstorming about the music while the script was being written and by the time we were in pre-production, he was sending me playlists and early demos that we’d listen to while location-scouting through West Virginia,” said director Destin Daniel Cretton. “Joel was also on set during the shoot, pulling inspiration from the performances and having shared that experience made it much easier to determine what music would work well with any given scene. A good number of the demos he worked on during that time became the building blocks of the final score.”

“The Glass Castle tracks the 30-year journey of Jeannette’s relationship with her father Rex in just two hours so we developed recurring music themes that serve as anchors throughout the story and evolved in size and tone,” said West. “The music starts out glossy and grandiose to echo her childhood adoration for her Rex and then it peels down layer by layer to more modest sounds as she develops fear and resentment throughout her volatile years in West Virginia. Eventually, the larger-than-life themes from her childhood reconstruct in a more honest and understated way as she accepts her true self and forgives Rex.”

About Joel P West:
Joel P West is a songwriter, film composer and front man of The Tree Ring and Flood Coats. Joel is known for his scores for SHORT TERM 12, GRANDMA, and I AM NOT A HIPSTER. His music has been described as “showing great emotional nuance” and “warm, richly textured, and pastoral”. Joel’s work is heavily inspired by the wilderness and the wide open spaces of North America.

His career spans over 10 years, with his original style being lent to the upcoming highly anticipated Destin Daniel Cretton film THE GLASS CASTLE including an original song titled ‘Summer Storm’, written and performed by Joel himself. This score, with Appalachian roots, is an exercise in storytelling through music and further solidifies Joel’s innate talent for speaking through sounds.

Growing up on a summer camp in Oregon, Joel began to use music to “figure out” the world – to see it through the lens of sound. He started playing guitar in high school and started learning and writing songs, and soon began to explore strings and other instruments as a conduit to express himself in a way that words could not. Pair this with the fact that he was not exposed to much media as a youth and it gives way to a fascinating music writing process – one that is rooted in trying to capture a specific emotion or feeling rather than technicality. When he is not composing for film, Joel is heavily involved in music in every capacity – his band Flood Coats is consistently creating new music.

01 Summer Storm (Performed by Joel P West)
02 Rich City Folk
03 Skedaddle
04 Real School
05 Don’t Fence Me In (Performed by Darla Hawn)
06 It’ll Be An Adventure
07 Stitches / An Old Woman
08 You Promised
09 Maroon Wave
10 Why She Left
11 Funeral / Big City Girl
12 How Strong You Are
13 Thanksgiving
14 Mountain Goat

Soundtrack Album Produced by Joel P West; Music Supervisor Joseph Rudge

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