A Hollywood staple, the humble teen movie acts as a barometer of the shifting tastes of the adolescent population.
Yet it's often much more than that. Funny, sweet and unintentionally revealing, teen movies often encapsulate the eras in which they were made in a more succinct fashion than their more adult contemporaries.
New film 'Beyond Clueless' aims to explore the teen movie, utilising more than 200 potent examples. Written and directed by Charlie Lyne, and narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, the director asked Summer Camp to provide the soundtrack.
"Charlie would send us long collages and mood boards of scenes from films and ask us to match the emotion onscreen," explains Summer Camp’s Elizabeth Sankey. "He then cut the final film to the music we created, so it was a real collaborative process."
"There are a couple of songs on the OST - ‘Beyond Clueless’ and ‘Losing It’ - that could have fitted nicely on either of our previous albums, but we’re also exploring new musical ground and the instrumentals are the first we’ve ever released. We composed some of our most straightforward open music ever with ‘Swimming Pool’, ‘Learn To Love Yourself’ and ‘Graduation’, as well as the most aggressive and mechanical track we've ever laid down in ‘Weak Walls’."
Receiving its world premiere at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in March, 'Beyond Clueless' will gain a more general release this summer. Summer Camp will release the accompanying soundtrack album on August 4th.
Check out the title cut below.
Summer Camp are set to play the following live score events:
10 Sheffield Crucible (Live Score at Doc/Fest)
20 Latitude Festival (Live Score)
8 London Live Score at BFI Southbank (tickets on sale July 1st for members / July 8th to the public)