William Tyler Composes Music For New Movie ‘First Cow’

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William Tyler contributed music to the Kelly Reichardt-directed feature film, First Cow. The movie stars John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones and Ewen Bremner and is set for release through A24 on March 6.

Written by Reichardt and Jon Raymond, First Cow is set in the early-19th century. Here’s a synopsis:

A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

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The First Cow trailer, which Pitchfork notes features “Highway Anxiety” from Tyler’s 2016 album Modern Country, can be viewed below:

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