If only Grammys were handed out for most eclectic soundtracks.
Produced by Brian Reitzell, the soundtrack includes new tracks by Kevin Shields, the reclusive genius from Brit-pop band My Bloody Valentine, as well as Murray's karaoke version of Roxy Music's "More Than This."
Reitzell coached Murray and his co-star, Scarlett Johansson (search), on karaoke. "Bill really wanted my advice," he said.
To inspire Coppola while she was writing the script, Reitzell - who had worked with her on the "Virgin Suicides" soundtrack - made three compilation discs he thought lent the feeling of a tourist's jet lag-induced disorientation when visiting Tokyo.
The tracks lean toward atmospheric stuff, early Brian Eno - "music with more texture and less melody." A lot of songs on those discs worked so well, they used them onscreen.
The tunes by Shields are his first recorded tracks since My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" in 1991.
Reitzell asked Shields - whom he'd become friends with when both were in Japan - if he'd be interested in doing any film work and a few months later, "Lost in Translation" came long.
It was an ideal low-pressure situation for Shields, known as a perfectionist, to re-enter the studio.
One Shields track, "Goodbye," was replaced in the film by silence, but Reitzell kept it for the soundtrack, because "it's what the movie feels like."
Then there's the "overstimulating sonic experience you have in Tokyo," says Reitzell.
"The city scores itself."