Whether it’s Dirk Diggler’s phallic pep talk in Boogie Nights or Daniel Plainview’s slurping victory speech in There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson has a knack for writing organic, unspooling monologues that neatly capture a character’s inner life. Now, to preserve those monologues for sing-along posterity, New York band Colburn Sound Express has made an entire album that sets them to music.
The eight-track record is called Songs in the Key of Paul Thomas Anderson. It doesn’t quite measure up, quality-wise, to the movies it riffs on, but like its namesake it easily flits from genre to genre: “Live in Now Forever” features a soaring Beach Boys melody, “Big Bright Shining Star” is ‘00s indie rock at its most earnest, and “I Am Many Things” apes the loony space-folk of the Flaming Lips. Of course, if you’d rather enjoy PTA’s own musical endeavors, his new music documentary, Junun, is now streaming on MUBI.