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Check out "Yeah Yeah," a song from Sam Means' soundtrack to the indie comedy Sinking of Santa Isabel.

David Marchese // September 22, 2009

Joining a line that stretches back to Simon & Garfunkel’s contributions to The Graduate and runs through Karen O’s soundtrack for the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are, Sam Means of currently-on-hiatus Phoenix-based pop-rockers the Format will release his soundtrack to last year’s indie comedy The Sinking of Santa Isabel on September 29.

According to Means, the soundtrack — which features six full songs and twenty instrumental tracks — came together almost by accident. “I received a phone call from the director, Michael Hamblin, asking if I would be interested in scoring his new film,” Means tells “He informed me the original score had been pulled, so the budget was long gone, and there seemed to be a mild sense of urgency to get it done. It was a challenge I happily accepted. Who needs a budget when you have a laptop, a cheap microphone, and some extremely helpful friends?”

The result? “Saying this soundtrack is lo-fi might be an understatement,” explains Means, “but I think it works.”

If the rest of the album is like the sweetly sleepy “Yeah Yeah,” Means has nothing to worry about. Take a listen below and tell us what you think of Means’ first post-Format release in the comments section.

LISTEN: Sam Means, “Yeah Yeah” (DOWNLOAD MP3)