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Jonny Greenwood unveils video for ‘Spencer’ title track – watch

The clip features scenes from Pablo Larraín's Princess Diana biopic

By Joe Goggins

Jonny Greenwood poses
Greenwood's 'Spencer' soundtrack is one of two 2021 film scores from the Radiohead guitarist. (Photo: Press)

Jonny Greenwood has unveiled a new video for the title track to his ‘Spencer’ score.

The new clip for the haunting piano piece features scenes from Pablo Larraín’s Princess Diana biopic, which the Chilean director has described as “a fable from a true tragedy.” You can watch the video below.

Greenwood’s work on the film has been lauded, with Pitchfork calling the title track “a lovely little melody that’s akin to a deep exhale, weary of its own simplicity and purity and nearly dejected.” It is one of two 2021 film soundtracks by the Radiohead man, the other being for Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’.

Greenwood has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film composers since scoring Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’ in 2007; since, he’s worked with Anderson again on ‘The Master’, ‘Inherent Vice’ and ‘Phantom Thread’, as well as with Scottish auteur Lynne Ramsay on her crime thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’.

‘Spencer’ met with widespread critical acclaim upon its release last November, with special praise reserved for Kristen Stewart’s central performance, which has her among the favourites for the Oscar for Best Actress on March 27. She lost out to Nicole Kidman at last night’s (January 9) Golden Globes for the award for Best Actress in a Drama. ‘Spencer’ is Larraín’s second English language feature and second biopic, after 2016’s ‘Jackie’, which starred Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy.

In other Greenwood news, his new band The Smile – a collaboration with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – released their debut single last week. ‘You Will Never Work in Television Again’ is a taut, guitar-driven indie rock number that was first debuted as part of the band’s inaugural live show at the Live from Worthy Farm live-stream event last May.

 The group will play three live-streamed events within a 24-hour window later this month, broadcasting from Magazine in London on January 29 and 30, in performances that will splice live footage with a pre-shot film by director Paul Dugdale.