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British electronic outfit Nero is currently busy crafting their sophomore album. The followup to their successful 2011 debut Welcome Reality is facing high expectations since it’s set to exceed the hype surrounding their Grammy-winning remix of their own Skrillex-powered single “Promises,” which is currently enjoying a 10-week run on the Hot 100 with the track, which peaked at No. 70. What better way to get things moving than contributing to the Jay-Z-helmed soundtrack for Mark Anthony “Baz” Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Below you can listen to their new song “Into the Past,” an atmospheric extranvanganza. In a conversation with Billboard, the trio, which encompasses singer Alana Watson and producers Joseph Ray and Dan Stephens, shared some insight into their involvement with the film and the track itself.
How was the song developed? We heard it was a very integrated process with the film team.
Stephens: We worked closely with Baz to write two pieces for the movie using some elements and themes from Craig Armstrong’s score. We also added some of the electronic sounds we’d used to other cues in the film to give some continuity to the overall score. One of the cues we’d written then developed into a full original song [“Into the Past”], with vocals from Alana. It’s based around one of the central themes of the story, that of memory and Gatsby’s drive to reshape past events.
Ray: We spent a lot of time working the score music we’d written into a song, so it was a mixture of happiness and relief when we heard it was definitely going to be used on the soundtrack!
The highly-anticipated official soundtrack for The Great Gatsby film arrives May 7, while pre-orders will be available April 23 via this link.