BARDO (Soundtrack From the Netflix Film) Announced, by Alejandro G. Iñárritu & Bryce Dessner

Milan Records today announces the release of BARDO (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX FILM), an album of music from five-time Academy Award®-winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s latest film by BRYCE DESSNER and ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU. Available Friday, December 9, the album features an original score co-composed by Dessner and Iñárritu to accompany the profoundly moving journey of a Mexican journalist and filmmaker returning to his native country. The project is the latest collaboration between Dessner and Iñárritu, the duo having previously worked together on The Revenant soundtrack in 2015.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Of the soundtrack’s inception, composer BRYCE DESSNER says, “Early in the process of Bardo and before shooting began, Alejandro and I began talking about what the music for the film could sound like. What might the melody of the film be? What sounds would we hear in the world of Bardo? We started exchanging ideas, including field recordings and melodies Alejandro would whistle to himself, first on scouting locations and later on set as he began to shoot the film. These fragments of melodic ideas along with the sketches I had begun making would start to take seed and grow into the vast musical landscape that envelopes the film. Eventually, we met in Los Angeles to work directly as we finished the details of each composition.”

Oscillating between bombastic, horn-soaked numbers and buoyant, orchestral string arrangements, the soundtrack draws upon Mexico’s rich musical tradition, incorporating everything from ancestral sounds to the rhythms of salsa and cumbia and the brass melodies of Oaxacan banda music. The expansiveness of Bardo’s musical landscape is further evidenced by the several needle drops featured in the film, which range from David Bowie’s iconic “Let’s Dance” to contributions from salsa pioneers Héctor Lavoe and Willie Colón, Mexican pop icon José José, “The King of Cumbia” Andrés Landero, conga drummer Joe Cuba and more.

Bryce Dessner. 
Photo Credit Credit Shervin Lainez

“The music moves between very simple brass pieces, to very layered complex orchestral and electronic pieces and everywhere in between,” DESSNER continues. “We recorded the score in Mexico at the beautiful Sony Music Studios in Mexico City and Topetitud Studio in Coyocan. The process of recording the music for Bardo and working with amazing Mexican musicians, including Brass bands from Oaxaca and musicians from the National Symphony, in the studio was an incredible joy for me and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”


1. Back to the Womb
2. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Esquivel
3. Mateo’s Freedom
4. Absurd Metals
5. El Día De Mi Suerte – Orquesta Pavel Urkiza & Luis Bofill
6. Liminal
7. Father Ghost
8. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
9. Dreaming a Dream
10. Migration Dreams
11. Aguanile – Orquesta Pavel Urkiza & Luis Bofill
12. Lost Silbido
13. Mi Niña (Acapella Version) – José José
14. Silbido Tlayacapan
15. Silverio Last Train
16. La Pava Congona – Andrés Landero
17. In the Cage (Excerpt) – Genesis
18. Aquarium
19. Salsa y Bembé – Joe Cuba Sextet
20. Bardo Finale
21. Juanga
22. Qué Lio – Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe
23. Mirror Lamento
24. Los Aretes de la Luna – La Sonora Mantacera
25. Silbido Arpa Jarocha / Silbido a Cappella

**All tracks by Bryce Dessner and Alejandro González Iñárritu unless otherwise noted

Soundtrack From the Netflix Film Directed by Alejandro G. Iñarritu

Available Friday, December 9 via Milan Records


Five-time Academy Award®-winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu brings us BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths.

BARDO is an epic, visually stunning and immersive experience set against the intimate and moving journey of Silverio, a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles, who, after being named the recipient of a prestigious international award, is compelled to return to his native country, unaware that this simple trip will push him to an existential limit. The folly of his memories and fears have decided to pierce through the present, filling his everyday life with a sense of bewilderment and wonder.

With both emotion and abundant laughter, Silverio grapples with universal yet intimate questions about identity, success, mortality, the history of Mexico and the deeply emotional familial bonds he shares with his wife and children. Indeed, what it means to be human in these very peculiar times.

Mexican actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho plays Silverio Gama in an indelible performance. Shot on resplendent 65mm by Academy Award®–nominee Darius Khondji (Amour, Se7en) and written by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone (Oscar®–winning Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance and Biutiful), BARDO marks Iñárritu’s first film to be shot in Mexico since 2000’s international sensation Amores Perros. The film features production design by the Oscar®–winning Mexican designer Eugenio Caballero (ROMA, Pan’s Labyrinth) and costume design by Anna Terrazas (The Deuce, ROMA).

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