The EarthOscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz composed the music for the new film set during Hollywood’s Roaring Twenties
The two songs, “Call Me Manny” and “Voodoo Mama”, are both heart-pounding explosions of hot jazz jam-packed with thundering drums and boozy horns. Composer Justin Hurwitz – who conducted the entire 48-track score – gave rolling stone a bit of context for both songs, too.
“Call Me Manny” plays when Diego Calva’s character, Manny Torres, is thrown into “the whirlwind of a new job.” Meanwhile, “Voodoo Mama” helps kick it all off, screaming as Margot Robbie’s character Nellie LaRoy “takes control of the dance floor at the party” that begins the film.
Hurwitz has been Chazelle’s go-to composer for all of his films, since his debut in 2009, Guy and Madeline on a park bench. His work on 2016 The Earth won him the Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “City of Stars”.
Babylon marks Chazelle’s follow-up to his 2018 Neil Armstrong biopic, first man. Set in 1920s Hollywood, the film will chronicle the rise and fall of various figures in the film and entertainment industries as they navigate the crucial transition from silent films to walkie-talkies. It features a stacked cast that includes Robbie, Calva, Brad Pitt, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, and Jean Smart.
Babylon is set to arrive in select theaters on December 23, with a full release scheduled for January 6. The soundtrack is set to be released on December 9.