Underground pop mastermind Johnny Jewel has just released a lengthy, 37-track album called Symmetry – Themes for an Imaginary Film. Mainstream audiences became aware of Jewel’s work after his songs appeared in that very real film from last summer, Drive. Two tracks by groups that Jewel has produced for, Desire and Chromatics, were among the standouts on an soundtrack that was as much a topic of discussion as Ryan Gosling’s way with a tooth pick.
A quick google search will turn up various theories that Symmetry is actually the original Drive soundtrack that was rumored to have been rejected by the film’s producers, but the press release for the album states otherwise: “A lot of computer screens have flashed rumors of Jewel’s synthesized score for Nicolas Refn’s Drive this year. Symmetry isn’t his score for Drive. These tracks date back to 2008. (Worth noting is that Jewel is slated to score Refn’s remake of Logan’s Run, also starring Gosling.)
The album will sound familiar to anyone who’s followed Johnny’s work over the last decade, though his signature ice-cold pop hooks have been slightly edged out by darkly synthesized soundscapes that offer a moodier, cinematic feel. The album is devoid of any lyrics, leaving just you and your imagination to fill in the blanks for Jewel’s Imaginary Film.
Symmetry is currently available on iTunes, and will come out as a double-CD and triple-vinyl pack later in 2012. You can stream the album in its entirety, and gander at the press release—which is equally as epic—here. Total driving time is 2 hours and 37 seconds.