The director of New Moon, Chris Weitz, confirmed yesterday that Thom Yorke and Bon Iver wrote new songs for the sequel to the vampire romance Twilight. Weitz delivered the news to HitFix.com at the Comic-Con in San Diego, a venue that seems more appropriate to discussions of the Twilight series than to the troubled brilliance of innovative rock stars. Weitz will listen to the Yorke track for the first time today, but, sensibly, is determined to find a place for it. “Unless it’s sounds of him belching, I think I’ll put it in,” he said. Weitz displayed some skepticism about the provenance of Bon Iver’s contribution, saying that “he says he wrote it for the film, but who ever knows if it might just be something laying around his cupboard.”
The Twilight series, whether novel or movie, is not associated with a great deal of artistic credibility, which is a large concern in indie and alternative rock circles. Some fans of Bon Iver and Thom Yorke will be dismayed to learn of these artists’ contribution to the recent vampire craze. But while soundtracks hold the possibility of guilt by association and subpar performance, the worst-case scenario for credibility-conscious listeners may be that Bon Iver and Thom Yorke write brilliant tunes on vampiric themes.