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- Posted on Sep 3rd 2010 11:30AM by Cristin Maher
'Creep,' Scala & Kolacny Brothers
When the first promo clip for the film 'The Social Network' hit the Web, it marked itself as unforgettable. Fading in from black, an ethereal female chorus sings, "I wanna have control/I want a perfect body/I want to have a soul," building intensity alongside a haunting solo piano. As the image becomes clear, the audience realizes it's looking at the everyday going-ons of Facebook, immediately calling attention to the odd audio/visual juxtaposition. The song can probably be recognized immediately by music fans as Radiohead's 'Creep' -- but with Thom Yorke's melancholy vocals replaced by a choir, lending the trailer a much more ominous tone.
The chorale of voices belongs to the 60 members of Scala, an all-female group of teenage Belgians that was formed by the classically trained Kolacny brothers. Stijn Kolacny serves as the conductor of Scala, and Steven Kolacny accompanies on piano.
'The Social Network' is based on the true story of the creation of Facebook in 2004 by four Harvard students, including Mark Zuckerberg, the young entrepreneur who co-founded the social network from his dorm, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg of 'Zombieland.' The film also boasts a star-studded cast with performances from Justin Timberlake and Rashida Jones.
When people think of Facebook, they usually do not think of a young man's struggle against the world of scoundrels and business executives, although when audiences hear the Scala & Kolacny Brothers' version of 'Creep,' the feeling that something problematic is coming toward them may settle in. The stark arrangement elevates the trailer from what may have seemed like a run-of-the-mill biopic into a deep, compelling drama.
Scala & Kolacny Brothers have already gained a huge amount of success in Europe, and their talent for interesting and inspiring compositions is now spreading their name worldwide. They have issued nine albums, all of which contain choral versions of popular alternative rock and pop songs alongside their original compositions. Their newest album, titled 'Circle,' released in Europe in May 2010 and coming out in the US this Fall, features eerie yet beautifully harmonious covers of big names in the rock world, including Nirvana, Kings of Leon and Metallica.
Additional reporting by Adam Horne