Wes Anderson's latest movie The Grand Budapest Hotel is an immersive experience, and you can get a little taste of it before the movie comes out on March 7 with the soundtrack now streaming via Pitchfork. Though Anderson's distinctive visual style is part of what makes the world of the fictional Zubrowka so appealing—even with the sinister overtones—the music from Alexandre Desplat is equally enthralling.
"The idea came from trying to capture the sound of an imagined Mitteleuropa," Desplat told The Daily Beast. "To us, it goes from the Alpine horn of Switzerland and Austria and Bavaria to the cymbal or the zantur of Turkey, and everything in between. This land full of instruments and rhythms. We tried to squeeze it all into a ball." Per the Wall Street Journal's Eric R. Danton, Anderson and musical supervisor Randall Poster decided to use the Russian instrument the balalaika "to establish the musical voice of the film."
So spend your work day traveling to Zubrowka. We personally recommend the tracks "Mr. Moustafa," "Daylight Express to Lutz," and "The Society of the Crossed Keys."
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