Johnny Jewel Announces New Film Score for Holly, Shares “The Witch”: Stream

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Johnny Jewel’s latest project is the soundtrack to the Dutch drama film Holly. Before the full OST is out October 13th via his label Italians Do It Better, he’s shared a preview of it with the lead single “The Witch.”  He’s also announced a run of European tour dates, during which he’ll play sets comprising music from his prolific film score discography.

Directed and written by Fien Troch, Holly centers around a 15-year-old girl whose school is largely destroyed by a fire one day after she calls out of class. As her community grieves, they begin to see some unspoken quality in Holly that makes her an unlikely source of support, though perhaps at the sacrifice of her own wellbeing.

“I used music to usher in the unseen elements of Holly’s story,” Jewel says in a press release, citing spine-chilling scores by John Carpenter, Goblin, and Tangerine Dream as inspirations. “Underscoring the supernatural overtones of the film, I studied the wind in her hair, counted the plumes of smoke billowing from the burning high school, and stared deep into the howling forest swaying in the distance. The looming music foreshadows & mirrors her gifts. As Holly’s character slowly unravels, the score begins to warp as it’s stretched to an ominously slow crawl.”

The ominous chimes of “The Witch” immediately call to mind scenes of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, although its synths and tinkering beat give it a contemporary polish. Listen to it below, and then keep scrolling to see the album artwork and tracklist for Holly – Music from the Original Motion Picture — pre-orders are ongoing.

Jewel’s tour dates kick off in Spain in late October, hitting cities including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Glasgow, and more throughout the fall. Last year, his synth-pop project Desire released their first new album in over a decade.

Holly OST Artwork:

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Holly OST Tracklist:
01. The Witch
02. Amulet
03. Necromancer
04. Komt Vrienden in de Ronde
05. Eclipse
06. Connection
07. Totem
08. The Misfits
09. Voices in the Forest
10. A Storm Is Coming
11. Flowers
12. The Invitation
13. Awakening
14. Descent
15. Dread
16. The Power of Love

Johnny Jewel 2023 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Saint Sebastian, ES @ Dabadaba
10/27 – Neuchatel, CH @ Case A Chaos
11/02 – Vienna, AT @ Rote Bar Im Volkstheater
11/03 – Milan, IT @ Circolo Magnolia
11/04 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
11/07 – Berlin, DE @ Hole 44
11/08 – Amsterdam, NL @ H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 48
11/09 – Brussels, BE @ Botanquie – Rotonde
11/10 – Barcelona, ES @ MIRA Festival
11/11 – Porto, PT @ Mouco
11/14 – Paris, FR @ Le Hasard Ludique
11/15 – Dublin, IE @ The Sugar Club
11/16 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
11/17 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA

Johnny Jewel Announces New Film Score for Holly, Shares “The Witch”: Stream
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