Hear Justice and the Avalanches’ Music for Electronica ‘King Kong’
Australian musical opens previews May 28
The King Kong musical about to scale Melbourne like the Empire State Building might have a soundtrack loaded with laudable names from electronic music, but it’s still, y’know, a musical. A three-minute teaser for the show’s music offers sneak peeks at Justice’s characteristically filter-disco “The Greatest Show on Earth,” 3-D from Massive Attack’s characteristically spooky-cinematic “Colossus” and (with Guy Garvey from Elbow) “In the Face of Forever,” and, hey, Sarah McLachlan’s characteristically Sarah McLachlan-y “What’s It Gonna Take?” The biggest draw, though, is a new track from the Avalanches, who shared a mixtape last year but haven’t released an album since 2000’s landscape-shifting Since I Left You. The Aussie group’s “Get Happy,” a digital-funk take on an old popular standard, while promising, is hardly the full-fledged sequel fans have been awaiting. With the narrative exigency and dramatic vocal styles of musical theater, the music sounds like it’s best judged as just that: musical theater. We’d still happily fly Down Under to take in the show.