Twilight: New Moon,
the next movie installment of the wildly popular vampire teen-book series, does not reach theaters until Nov. 20, but the soundtrack was released this week and has already rocketed to the No. 2 slot on the Billboard charts, behind Michael Bublé, who is dominating for the second week in a row. The soundtrack, put together by Hollywood’s most in-demand music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, known for selecting and gold-plating the songs in
has been the subject of major buzz in the music industry for the last few months. A spot on the album—which is sure to become as huge a cultural phenomenon as the film—became the
most coveted gig in music
, and every major label campaigned to have its artists selected. Now the wait is over and the anointed acts have been crowned—Patsavas chose a primarily indie rock mix, with songs from bigger bands such as Muse, The Killers, Grizzly Bear, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and tracks from lesser-known artists like Hurricane Bell, Sea Wolf, and Lykke Li. The Los Angeles Times
the record’s melancholic tones, calling it “music-to-get-sad-to, definitely,” but also notes that “Patsavas has put together a collection of songs that captures the drama of young love without drowning in it.” Below, listen to “Roslyn,” a lovely and haunting
tune from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.