Jan 202020
kid moxie

Kid Moxie’s upcoming score for indie film Not To Be Unpleasant, But We Need To Have a Serious Talk is, as film scores typically are, mostly instrumental. But it closes with a surprising cover, as Kid Moxie aka. Elena Charbila tackles Alphaville’s ’80s synth-pop classic “Big in Japan.” Her cover keeps it synthy, but adds a wistful dreampop sheen that gives it a darker undercurrent. No surprise if it sounds vaguely Twin Peak-sy; she’s worked with David Lynch and his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti (on a new version of Blue Velvet’s “Mysteries of Love”).

Charbila just released a music video for “Big in Japan,” starring a child dancer reminiscent of Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s various music videos. “Though the score is mostly instrumental, I felt that the ‘Big In Japan’ cover summed up the wistful quality I was seeking in a fresh but also familiar way,” Charbila told Under the Radar. “It is such an iconic song I had to forget I’d ever heard it to recreate it. The video, which was shot throughout a single day at the director’s studio in DTLA, is a bit of commentary on children being forced to grow up too fast, especially in Hollywood.”

Watch Kid Moxie’s “Big in Japan” here, and preorder the soundtrack at Amazon.

Check out more Alphaville covers here.

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