The soundtrack for Cosmopolis reunites composer Howard Shore and the band Metric for another cinematic collaboration. While writing the score for David Cronenberg's film adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, Shore conceived of a particular live sound to achieve his vision and invited Metric to perform the score and co-write three songs. The music was recorded in November 2011 at the band's own Giant Studios in Toronto, produced by Howard Shore and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw, and mixed by John O'Mahony at Liberty Studios in Toronto and Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The result is an atmospheric, urban soundscape of analog synths and layered guitars featuring the hypnotic vocals of Metric lead singer Emily Haines. The Cosmopolis soundtrack also features ''Mecca'' by Somali Singer/Rapper K'naan with lyrics by the artist and Don DeLillo.
Voices, electric guitars, moody beats and liquid melodies creating an environment of hallucinatory beauty. There's a real intelligence to the rock-alt material here that goes beyond many indie star-composer collaborations... what impresses about Cosmopolis is how ethereal Shore's work is, poetically waving its fingers through the fog of the character's mind-blown ennui without solidly settling on anything you could discern as a traditional theme. As such, Cosmopolis' analog rhythms easily rank as Shore's most accessible experimental score for Cronenberg, as well as his own boundary-stretching musical career. --Film Music Magazine